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Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet
Larry Smith grew up in the industrial Ohio River Valley and graduated from Muskingum College and Kent State University with a doctorate in literature. He has taught at Bowling Greeen State University's Firelands College for over 35 years and is the author of 8 books of poetry, 4 books of fiction, and two literary biographies on Kenneth Patchen and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. He has written film scripts for "James Wright's Ohio" and "Kenneth Patchen: An Art of Engagement" and is director of Bottom Dog Press/ Bird Dog Publishing in Ohio.
Born in Youngstown, Ohio and raised in the Cleveland area, Rob Smith has been writing poetry and prose for over forty years. As with many young writers, his creative efforts developed beneath the requirements of career. Nonetheless, he quietly persisted in creating a body of work representative of his imagination. In 2006, he entered his first poetry competition and was awarded the Robert Frost Poetry Award for the poem "Catbird" and published his first novel, Night Voices. Since then, he has completed two more novels and two non-fiction titles. Though he is now writing full-time, he continues to teach as an adjunct instructor at both Wright State and Bowling Green State Universities in Ohio. He and his wife, Nancy, now live on the north coast and sail the waters of Lake Erie in an old sloop that they are restoring. Rob holds a bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy from Westminster College (Pa) and master and doctoral degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary.