Ron Smith, author and Poet Laureate of Virginia, will offer a poetry reading at Misericordia University on Monday, April 4 at 5 p.m. in the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. The program, "From Savannah, Georgia to Homer's Ithaca," is sponsored by the Soyka Fund for the Humanities at Misericordia University and hosted by the Department of English. It is free and open to the public.
Smith is the author of several books of poetry, including "Running Again in Hollywood Cemetery," which was published in 1988 by University Presses of Florida. It was the runner-up for the National Poetry Series Open Competition and the Samuel French Morse Prize. His other books — "Moon Road: Poems 1986-2005" (2007), "Its Ghostly Workshop" (2013), and the forthcoming "The Humility of the Brutes"— have been published by Louisiana State University Press. He is a winner of and now serves as curator for the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize, which is awarded annually to a poet with strong connections to the Commonwealth of Virginia. He also has earned the Guy Owen Prize from Southern Poetry Review and the Theodore Roethke Prize from Poetry Northwest.
Smith's poems have appeared in numerous periodicals, including The Nation, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, Georgia Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, and in anthologies in the United States, Italy, Canada and the United Kingdom. His essays and reviews have appeared in The Kenyon Review and other magazines and reference works, including The Georgia Review and Blackbird – an online journal of literature and the arts.
A native of Savannah, Georgia, Smith is the Writer-in-Residence and the George O. Squires Chair of Distinguished Teaching at St. Christopher's School in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia. He has taught at several universities, including Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond, both of Richmond, and the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia. He is a trustee for the Edgar Allen Poe Museum, Richmond, and is a former president of the Poetry Society of Virginia. In addition, he is also a member of the board of directors for James River Writers and reviews poetry for The Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper.
Smith holds degrees in English, philosophy and general humanities from the University of Richmond and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has studied writing at Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont; British drama at the University of Oxford, Oxford, England, and Renaissance and modern culture at the Ezra Pound Center for Literature, Merano, Italy.
Smith played football in college and was an offensive guard on the University of Richmond team that won the Tangerine Bowl in 1968. He often writes about sports and has served as the poetry editor for Aethlon: the Journal of Sports Literature.
For additional information about the poetry reading, please contact Matthew Nickel, assistant professor of English, Misericordia University, firstname.lastname@example.org, (570) 674-8021.