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

A River Remains: Poems
(WordTech Editions, 2006)
, America Zen: A Gathering of Poets
(Bottom Dog Press, 2005)
, Each Moment All: Poems
(March Street Press, 2012)
, Faces and Voices
(Bird Dog Publishing, 2007)
, Kenneth Patchen: Rebel Poet in America
(Bottom Dog Press, 2001)
, Lake Winds: Poems
(Bottom Dog Press, 2014)
, Milldust and Roses
(Ridgeway Press, 2005)
, Steel Valley: Postcards and Letters
(Pig Iron Press, 1996)
, The Free Farm
(Bottom Dog Press, 2011)
, The Long River Home: A Novel
(Bottom Dog Press, 2009)
Family Matters: Poems of Our Families
(Bottom Dog Press, 2005)
American Book Review, Heartlands: A Magazine of Midwest Life & Art, Parabola, Shambhala Sun, Utne Reader
Prizes Won: 
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)

More Information

Listed as: 
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet
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Born in: 
Mingo Junction
Raised in: 
Mingo Junction, OH
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Last updated: Aug 02, 2018