You're best off listening to, or reading my poems yourself and making your own judgment call. But here is some of what I've been up to...
Stephen James Smith is a poet, playwright from Dublin. He has won the Cúirt
International Literary Festival Poetry Grand Slam and numerous other
awards. His ABSOLUTE Fringe play ‘Three Men Talking About This They
Kinda Know About’ (co-written with Colm Keegan & Kalle Ryan) was
shortlisted for the Bewley’s ‘Little Gem Award 2011’.
In 2009 he proudly represented Ireland at the Vilenica
Literary Festival Slovenia and in 2010 at Wiersze w Metrze Poland.
Stephen is at the heart of poetry and spoken word in Ireland through his
organisation of The Glór Sessions a weekly event of poetry and music.
In April 2011 he was invited by Culture Ireland
to recite in the iconic Nuyorican Poetry Café New York. ‘Arise and
Go!’ his debut album with musician Enda Reilly was selected by Hot
Press as one of the best albums of 2011. In 2012 he was invited to perform
his poetry in Frankfurt, Paris and in London where he was invited
by The Irish Olympic House to perform for the Irish Olympians.
Most importantly he likes tea, shortbread, ice-cream
and feeding the ducks in St. Stephens Green Park.
"Stephen James Smith is a ball of
hydrogen gas that should be pumped into every household across the land. He
knocks seven shades of shite out of all the usual “birds and bees, whey and
cheese” nonsense you find at poetry readings" - Jinx Lennon Punk Poet
I have been published in a few places now, it is not something I have focused on too much but plan on amending that. Thus far I have been lucky to be published here: Punt Magazine, Baby Beef Heart, Humanize (USA & Spain), Speech Therapy, Air Beletrina (Slovenia), Emergency Verse (UK) and UpStart. My first collection will be out in the not too distant future titled ‘Pretending to be Happy?’.
Western Connecticut State University: Rather bizarrely to me, Professor Jeanne Iris Lakatos from the Department of English, Writing,Linguistics and,Creative Process chose to included two of my poems on the syllabus the poems are, ‘How is She?’ and The Gardener’.
NUI Maynooth: In December 2010 I was the guest of the Literary and Debating Society, where I was asked to judge a Slam Poetry competition and perform also.
Trinity College Dublin. In 2009 I was invited to do a reading as part of a college festival to highlight mental health.
I have featured on a few CD’s, being: Jinx Lennon’s National Cancer Strategy, Nighthawks Oxfam EP2, The Brown Bread Mixtapes ‘Best of the Batch 2010’ The Best of The International Bar Open Mic.
Music & Poetry CD
Currently I am working with Enda Reilly making an eight track CD of old Irish poetry put to music, it is due for release in 2011 and features Colm Ó’Snodaigh of Kila.
Since 2007 I have been conducting Spoken Word and Slam Poetry workshops all over Ireland, this has been great fun and the students help to keep your feet on the ground!
The Glór Sessions:
In 2009 I started The Glór Sessions Dublin’s only weekly night of poetry and music, since then it has grown rapidly and is at the heart of spoken word and poetry in Dublin. It has seen some top poets and musicians from Ireland and beyond grace it’s intimate settings.
"Steve’s poems thrill me, energise me, and delight me. Truth rings crystal clear. Don’t stop Steve. Don’t stop." Pat Ingoldsby
"Stephen Smith is a ball of hydrogen gas that should be pumped into every household across the land. He knocks seven shades of shite out of all the usual “birds and bees, whey and cheese” nonsense you find at poetry readings. He sounds like he's walking into a forest full of energy vampires blindfolded with a lightsabre swinging in his hand, they might wound him but he ain't going down without a good fight." Jinx Lennon