Arthur Smith was born in central California. He has received degrees from San Francisco State University (B.A., M.A.) and from the University of Houston (Ph.D.). His first book of poems, Elegy on Independence Day, was awarded the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 1985. That same year, it was selected by the Poetry Society of American to receive the Norma Farber First Book Award. His second book of poems, Orders of Affection, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 1996, and his third book, The Late World, was published in 2002, also by Carnegie Mellon University Press. His work has been honored with a “Discovery”/The Nation Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and he was selected as the Theodore Morrison Fellow in Poetry for the 1987 Bread Loaf Writer's Conference. He served two terms as an advisory member of the Tennessee Arts Commission Literary Panel, and he is Professor of English at the University of Tennessee. His poems have appeared in numerous journals including The Nation, The New Yorker, Poetry, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, and North American Review. Arthur Smith's fourth book of poems, The Fortunate Era, was published in 2013 by Carnegie Mellon UP. His most recent work has appeared in The Georgia Review, Hunger Mountain, Bat City Review, Southern Poetry Review, TriQuarterly Review, and Poems and Plays.
For more about Arthur Smith, see
- His web site at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- Featured poet 5 June 2007 at Poetry Daily
- "Elegy on Independence Day" at Cosmopoetica Commonplace Book
- Interview with Marilyn Kallet for the Phoenix, Unversity of Tennessee at Knoxville's Art and Literary publication.
- The essay "A Refuge from the Noise of the World" by Charlotte Pence for Chapter 16.
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- Friday, March 22, 2013
- Friday, March 25, 2011
- Saturday, October 31, 2009
- Friday, February 29, 2008
- Thursday, October 05, 2006
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