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Larry Smith
Address:  Firelands College
Huron, OH  44839
County:  Erie
Phone numbers:  Home: (419) 433-3573   Work: (419) 433-5560   
Present Employment:  Professor of English and Humanities at Firelands College of BGSU and Director of the Firelands Writing Center; Director of Bottom Dog Press; co-editor of The Heartlands Today.
Discipline/Genres:  Poetry
Work Places:  Libraries
Community Centers
Groups:  Minorities
Book Publications:  Milldust and Roses: Memoirs, Ridgeway Press/The Writer’s Voice, 2002; Thoreau’s Lost Journal: Poems, Westron Press, 2001;Chinese Zen Poems, trans., Bottom Dog Press, 1998; Working It Out, novel, Ridgeway Press, 1998; Beyond Rust, fiction, Bottom Dog Press, 1995; Steel Valley: Postcards and Letters, poems, Pig Iron Press, 1992; Inside the Garden in Ohio Zen Poems, Bottom Dog Press, 1989; Across These States, Bottom Dog Press, 1985; Scissors, Paper, Rock, Cleveland State Poetry center, 1982; Lawrence Ferlinghetti: Poet-At-Large, Southern Illinois University Press, 1983; Kenneth Patchen, Twayne & G.K. Hall Publishing, 1978.
Editor of Coffeehouse Poetry Anthology, 1995), and Getting by: Stories of Working Lives, 1996, both from Bottom Dog Press.
Periodical Publications:  Essays, stories, poems, and critical reviews in such magazines as Northern Ohio Journal, The Heartlands Today, Wind Horse, Ohio Magazine, The Journal, Parabola, Utne Reader, Shambhala Sun, Riverwind.
Awards/Fellowships:  Ohioana Poetry Award, Ohioana Library Association, 1999; Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowship, Criticism, 1997; Fulbright Lectureship in American Literature, Italy, 1989-81; NEH Summer Grant in Surrealism at Syracuse University; Ohioana Citation for Contributions to Poetry, Ohioana Library Association, 1988.
Recent Presentations:  Programs on “Writing Our Lives: The Act and Art of Memoir” Lorain County Community College, BGSU Firelands College, Beachland Club. Performance as Henry David Thoreau with readings from Thoreau’s Lost Journal: Poems, Hudson Public Library, Norwalk Public Library, Toledo Museum of Art.
Poetry readings at Cleveland State University; Larry’s Poetry Forum, Columbus; James Wright Poetry Festival, Martins Ferry; Wright State University; Brisbee (AZ) Poetry Festival.
Presentation Descriptions:  Besides readings of my own work I have presented the video program “James Wright’s Ohio” and “Kenneth Patchen: An Art of Engagement” 30 min. each with introductory talk and follow-up discussion (wrote and co-produced both videos). I have organized panels on independent literary publishing. I can talk on working-class literature in America.
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