Email: smith248@ua.edu
Office: 
1B RJ
Office Phone: 
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I received my MFA in Poetry from the University of Alabama in 2004. Since then, I have authored four full-length poetry collections: In The Old Days (Action Books, forthcoming); Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer (Action Books, 2014); Hank (Action Books, 2010); and Whim Man Mammon (Action Books, 2007). Two new collaborations are forthcoming as well: The Rope Swing, a book of poetry co-authored with Alexis Orgera (Coconut Books) and Hick Poetics, co-edited with Shelly Taylor (Lost Roads Press), an anthology of contemporary American rural poetry. My poems have appeared widely in journals and anthologies such as The American Poetry Review, jubilat, Fence, Denver Quarterly, The Volta Book of Poets (Sidebrow Books, 2014), and Taos Poetry Circus: The '90's (Pennwhistle Press, 1999). My creative work has been recognized with fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Currently, my creative energies are directed towards the pastoral: I am revising my 'hick poetics', a book-length poem which draws on my ongoing summertime experiences as a farmhand at my family's sheep dairy farm.