Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith



Jessica Smith is a teacher, librarian, and writer. In addition to working as a high school and public librarian, she has archived for the University at Buffalo Poetry Collection, the University at Buffalo Poetics Program for the Mandeville Special Collections Library, and Internet Archive for New York Public Library. Although she has taught in both public and private 4k-12, she is currently a full-time Instructor of English at the University of Alabama and an Adjunct Instructor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Smith’s creative work includes poetry books Organic Furniture Cellar, Life-List, How to Know the Flowers, and multiple chapbooks; her fourth full-length collection, The Daybooks, is forthcoming.

Selected Publications


The Daybooks. Insert Blanc Press, forthcoming.
How to Know the Flowers. Veliz Books, 2019.
Life-List. Chax Press, 2015.
Articulating Space: Short Essays on Poetry. Argotist Ebooks, 2011.
Organic Furniture Cellar: Works on Paper 2002-2004.
Outside Voices, 2006.

Book Chapters

“Democratized Art and Mechanical Reproduction: Zines, Screenprints, and Letterpress in Teen Library Programming,” forthcoming in Art at the Intersection of Librarianship and Social Justice, ed. Nina Clements (forthcoming from Library Juice Press, 2020).
“Fashioning Gender,” forthcoming in Supporting Transgender Students: A Guide for Schools and Teachers, ed. Douglas Ray (forthcoming from Jessica Kingsley Publishers, date TBD).
“Odontomancy” in A Counter-Desecration Handbook, eds. Linda Russo and Marthe Reed (Wesleyan UP 2018).
“Creating Creativity: Zines and Teen Empowerment,” forthcoming in Poet-Librarians in the Library of Babel: Innovative Meditations on Librarianship, eds. Sommer Browning and Shannon Tharp (Library Juice Press 2018).

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“The Plasticity of Poetry” in Literature Compass Vol. 3 No. 3 (Blackwell, U.K., Spring 2006). Winner of the 2005 Literature Compass Graduate Essay Prize.
“The Plasticity of Poetry,” OEI 18/19/20/21: Visual Poetry (Stockholm, Winter 2004). Translated to Swedish by Martin Hägglund.
“Buffalo, NY, 26 February 2002: The Silent Reading and Poetry Reading Politics” in Mantis 3 (“Poetry and Performance,” Stanford, Winter 2002).

Book Reviews

“Review of Emily Jungmin Yoon’s A Cruelty Special to Our Species,” Fence Digital | Constant Critic (2019)
“Review of Tiana Clark’s I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood and Ashley M. Jones’s dark // thing,” Fence Digital | Constant Critic (2019).
“Something in the Water”: Niedecker’s Homemade Poems,” Review of Lorine Niedecker’s Homemade Poems. Quarterly West (2019).
“Review of Cynthia Arrieu-King’s Futureless Languages,” Fence Digital | Constant Critic (2019).
“Review of Muriel Rukeyser’s The Book of the Dead., The Georgia Review (Fall/Winter 2018).
“Don Mee Choi’s ‘Hardly War’: A child’s history of conflict,” Review of Hardly War by Don Mee Choi. Jacket2 (Philadelphia, PA; 2018).
“On Time: Joanne Kyger’s Journals and Ephemera,” Review. Quarterly West (2018).
“Against Apocalypse.” Review of Revelator by Ron Silliman. Jacket2 (Philadelphia, PA; 2014).
“Theresa Hak Kyung Cha & Gestural Poetics.” verdure #7, (Buffalo, NY; archived online Winter 2004).

Other Critical Publications

“Girls to the Front: The secret punk feminism of above/ground press,” above/ground press blog (2018).
“Agape in the Southland: Erasure Responses to the Election,” in Radio 11.8.16, Essay Press (2017).
“Vanesa Pacheco and T.A. Noonan: On Translation and Erasure.” Queen Mob’s Teahouse (2016).
“Introduction” to Molly Jean Bennett’s Paper Apartment, Essay Press (2015).
“The Art of the Poem: Jessica Smith on Susan Howe.” Literary Mothers blog (2014).
“Curate What You Know: The Indian Springs School Visiting Writers Series,” Library as Incubator Project blog (June 2013).
“Saving Poetry Books, One Book at a Time: Mike Basinski and The Poetry Collection at SUNY Buffalo” Boog City (Issue 83).
“The Library as Incubator Project: Promoting Creative Collaboration Between Libraries and All Artists” Boog City (Issue 81).
“Poetry and Libraries: A Report on Contemporary Collection Methods,” Boog City (Issue 80).
“Beyond the Blockbuster Model: Why small press representation is important,” Library Journal blog, (July 2011).

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