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Larry Smith

Author's Bio

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. He reviews for New York Journal of Books.

Publications and Prizes

Lake Winds: Poems (Bottom Dog Press, 2014), Each Moment All: Poems (March Street Press, 2012), The Free Farm (Bottom Dog Press, 2011), The Long River Home: A Novel (Bottom Dog Press, 2009), Faces and Voices (Bird Dog Publishing, 2007), A River Remains: Poems (Word Tech Editions, 2006), America Zen: A Gathering of Poets (Bottom Dog Press, 2005), Milldust and Roses (Ridgeway Press, 2005), Kenneth Patchen: Rebel Poet in America (Bottom Dog Press, 2001), Steel Valley: Postcards and Letters (Pig Iron Press, 1996)
Heartlands Magazine, Utne Reader
Ohioana Citation for Contribution to Poetry in Ohio; Ohio Arts Council Fellowship in Criticism; Fullbright Lectureship to Italy in American Literature

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
The Speckled People: Memoirs by Hugo Hamilton, Carried Away by Alice Munro, Collected Poems by Denise Levertov, New and Selected Poems by Mary Oliver, Du Fu: A Life in Poetry by Du Fu (Tu Fu)
Favorite Books:
Walden by Thoreau, The Stranger by Camus,Awash with Roses: Love Poems of Kenneth Patchen
Favorite Authors:
James Wright, Gary Snyder, and Kenneth Patchen

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Listing last updated: May 9, 2016

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Listed as:
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet
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Born in:
Mingo Junction, OH
Raised in:
Mingo Junction, OH

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