Patti Smith is a true American cultural icon. As a world- famous singer, performer, poet, novelist and visual artist she shows the power of imagination and creation, and she is peerless in her ability to speak about the meaning of art, religion and politics. In 1971, Smith started performing with guitarist Lenny Kaye and formed The Patti Smith Group, whose debut album Horses (1975) is considered to be one of the most influential albums in the history of rock music. Her brilliant and deeply moving memoir about coming of age in New York, and her friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe, Just Kids (2010), has become a classic. Her most recent books are Devotion (2018) and Year of the Monkey (2020). With her performances, her art, and the knowledge and wisdom she shares with her million followers all over the world through Instagram and Substack, Patti Smith has not only become a trusted guide through the culture and politics of a confused world, but also a rare, true source of hope. Together with Lenny Kaye, she participated in the Nexus Symposium 2018 ‘An Education in Counterculture’ and the Nexus Institute has published her prose poem The New Jerusalem.