Welcome to my page! Thank you so much for stopping by!

First, a little bit about me! Here is my official “bio”, ha ha that I even have such a thing! Anyway, here goes:

Current special education teacher and former legal aid lawyer Patti F. Smith is the author of four books: Images of America–Downtown Ann Arbor (Arcadia/History Press), A History of the People’s Food Co-op Ann Arbor, Head Over Feet In Love (Soul Mate Publishing) and the forthcoming Vanishing Ann Arbor (Arcadia/History Press). She has written for CraftBeer.com, West Suburban Living magazine, Concentrate, Mittenbrew, The Ann, AADL’s Pulp blog, and the Ann Arbor Observer. Patti is a frequent public speaker around town, curating HERsay (an all-woman variety show) and GROWN FOLKS READING (story time for grownups) and telling stories at Ignite, Nerd Nite, Tellabration and Telling Tales Out of School. Patti serves as a commissioner for the Washtenaw County Historical Commission and the Recreation Advisory Commission, as a teacher of history for Rec & Ed, as a storyteller in the Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild, and volunteers for the Ann Arbor Film Festival and as a DJ for WCBN. She leads multiple tours around town including History & Hops (beer and history), By the Sidewalk Tours (food and history), and tours through Rec & Ed featuring lovely downtown Ann Arbor!

Ten Random Facts About Me:

  1. I live in the best city on earth–Ann Arbor, Michigan!!! I am on our Public Art Commission, on the advisory board for our Parks & Recreation group, on the board of A2Geeks, volunteer for 826Michigan, and am involved in an improv troupe.
  2. I am an only child.
  3. I am a lifelong fan of the Detroit Lions. I know.
  4. My all-time favorite TV show is Mystery Science Theater:3000
  5. I know Braille.
  6. My favorite colors are blue and yellow, but NOT because of the University of Michigan.
  7. I can sort of play the ukulele, sort of tap dance, sort of English Country dance.
  8. While in junior high, I wrote a lot of poems about nuclear war. They were pretty awful.
  9. I have been a public speaker my whole adult life–debate, moot court, litigation, storytelling. I love it all!
  10. My husband, Ken Anderson, is my greatest supporter.


me and ken