Larry R 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 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 where he taught for 35 years. Son Brian (1970) and daughter Suzanne (1975) were born in Huron. In 1980 he was a Fulbright lecturer in American Literature in Sicily.

He is the author of eight books of poetry, 2 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. Since 1979 he has 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 65 books and carried into publication some 200 titles of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. He has been a reviewer for American Book Review, Parabola, Small Press Review, Choice, The San Francisco Review of Books, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohioana Quarterly, and the New York Journal of Books. His poetry has been featured on American Public Media’s Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. His novel The Free Farm is available from Bottom Dog Press, followed by Lake Winds: Poems (2014) and now, following his memoir The Thick of Thin (2017), we have Town & Memories (2020).He enjoys playing guitar and doing meditation.

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