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Dorothea Smartt. Photo by Robert Taylor Courtesy Bim Literary Festival & Book Fair, 2014.

Dorothea Smart (born 1963) is an English performance poet.[1]


Smart was born and grew up in London. Her parents were immigrants from Barbados in the 1950's.[2]

Smartt is the poetry editor of Sable LitMag, a magazine of new Black writing. Her poetry has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies including Bittersweet (Women’s Press, 1998), The Fire People (Payback Press, 1998), Mythic Women / Real Women (Faber, 2000), IC3: The Penguin book of new Black writing in Britain (2000), and A Storm Between Fingers (Flipped Eye, 2007).[2]

She has been poet in residence at Brixton Market (as part of the Poetry Society’s Poetry Places project), 'attached live artist' at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts, and a guest writer at Oberlin College and Florida International University. She works in schools, runs workshops, and performs in Britain and internationally.[2]



  • Connecting Medium. Leeds, UK: Peepal Tree Press, 2001.
  • Samboo’s Grave / Bilal’s Grave. Leeds, UK: Peepal Tree Press, 2007.
  • Ship Shape. Leeds, UK: Peepal Tree Press, 2008. (includes the poems from Samboo’s Grave / Bilal’s Grave)


  • Words from the Women's Cafe: Lesbian poetry from 'Word Up' (edited with Bernadette Halpin). London: Centerprise, 1993.

A Sense of Denial - Dorothea Smartt

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[3]

Audio / video[]

  • Dorothea Smartt: Reading from her poems. London: Poetry Archive.[1]

See also[]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Dorothea Smartt (b. 1963), The Poetry Archive. Web, Mar. 2, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Katy Evans-Bush, Dorothea Smartt (United Kingdom, 1963), Poetry International Rotterdam. Web, Mar. 2, 2014.
  3. Search results = au:Dorothea Smartt, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Mar. 2, 2014.

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