R. T. Smith
The South, the natural world, childhood, and the work of James Dickey are often cited as influences on Smith’s poetry. In Poetry, Bill Christophersen commented, “Smith uses a free verse as spare as a whittled stick to probe nature’s and childhood’s epiphanies and his Irish Catholic heritage.” Smith also published several collections of short stories, including Uke River Delivers (2006) and The Calaboose Epistles: Stories (2009).
Smith has taught at Auburn University and was coeditor of the Southern Humanities Review. Since 1995, he has been the editor of Shenandoah, the literary magazine from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where he is writer-in-residence in the Department of English.
He lives in Virginia with his wife, poet Sarah Kennedy, with whom he coedited Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets of Virginia (2003).