Heather Smith

Author's Bio

Heather Derr-Smith is the author of "Each End of the World", poems about the war in Bosnia, and "The Bride Minaret. "In 'The Bride Minaret', Heather Derr-Smith explores the complex and difficult realities of our global world more comprehensively and comprehendingly than most American poets consider even attempting. Often paying close attention to those displaced and/or disconnected from the society around them-- Arabs in Europe, Americans in the Middle East, Mennonites in Iowa, Balkan refugees, Roma orphans, Palestinians, and, at the heart of the book, a mother now separated from her former, childless self-- These poems ultimately argue that dislocation is itself a kind of location, just as living forever in one place can end up dislocating oneself from the realities of our time." --Wayne Miller, author of "Only the Senses Sleep" and "The Book of Props"

Publications and Prizes

Each End of the World
(Main Street Rag Press, 2005)
Prizes Won: 
"Each End of the World", 2005 Finalist, Each End of the World Poetry Contest.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
A Time Between Roses and Ashes by Adonis
Unfortunately, It Was Paradise by Mahmoud Darwish
Mistaking the Sea for Green Fields by Ashley Capps

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Fredericksburg, VA
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Last updated: Nov 18, 2008