Larry Smith Biographical Sketch

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
he and Ann and their daughter Laura moved to Huron, Ohio where
he began teaching at Firelands College of Bowling Green State
University. 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, 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
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 60 books
and carried into publication some 170 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 Farm is available from Bottom Dog
Press, followed by
Each Moment All: Meditations as Poems (2012) and
Lake Winds: Poems (2014) and now, following his memoir The Thick of
(2017), we have Town & Memories (2020).He enjoys playing guitar
and doing meditation.

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