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Updated Biography of Larry Smith

Larry Smith  Larry Smith

is a native Midwesterner, born and raised in a working-class
family in the industrial Ohio River Valley. In 1965 he graduated from
Muskingum Colleg in Ohio and at 21 married a hometown girl, Ann Zaben. He
woked in the steel mills that summer and they soon moved to Euclid, Ohio
where he taught high school and Ann began working as a nurse. He earned
degrees at Kent State University (M.A. and Ph.D), and was there when the riots
and shootings of students occurred. In 1970-1971 he and Ann and their
daughter Laura moved to Huron, Ohio where he began teaching at Firelands
College of Bowling Green State University. In 1980 he was a Fulbright lecturer
in American Literature in Sicily. He is the author of eight books of poetry, a
book of memoirs, five books of fiction, two literary biographies of authors
Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Kenneth Patchen, and two books of translations
from the Chinese with co-translator Mei Hui Huang. His photo history of his
hometown Mingo Junction appeared recently in the Images of America Series.
Two of his film scripts on authors James Wright and Kenneth Patchen have
been made into films with Tom Koba and shown on PBS. As a professor of
English and humanities at Firelands College (1970-Present) he has taught
writing and literature and served as director of the Firelands Writing Center, a
cooperative of writers. As director of the literary publisher, Bottom Dog Press,
Inc., he has edited over 50 books and carried into publication some 136 titles
of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. In addition, Smith is a consultant for Wayne
State University Press, and has been a  reviewer for American Book Review,
Parabola, Small Press Review, Choice, The San Francisco Review of Books, The
Columbus Dispatch, Ohioana Quarterly, Heartlands,
and the New York Journal
of Books
. He is a requested presenter at various writers’ conferences in Ohio,
Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky. His poetry has been featured on
American Public Media’s Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. His novel The
Free Far
m has been released this year from Bottom Dog Press.
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