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The House Education and Labor Committee holds a hearing on mine safety in Washington
Assistant Labor Secretary for Mine Safety and Health Joe Main (L), Solicitor of Labor Patricia Smith (C) and Assistant Labor Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels testify during a House Education and Labor Committee hearing on 'H.R.5663, the Miner Safety and Health Act of 2010" on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 13, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
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Patricia Smith (1955-) is a poet, spoken word performer, playwright, author, writing teacher, and former journalist.

She was born in Chicago and currently lives in Westchester County, New York. She is a four-time individual National Poetry Slam champion and appeared in the 1996 documentary SlamNation, which followed various poetry slam teams as they competed at the 1996 National Poetry Slam on Portland, OR.

She gained notoriety when The Boston Globe asked her to resign after editors discovered her metro column contained fictional characters and fabricated events in violation of journalism practice.

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