in the industrial Ohio Valley in the 1940s, Larry Smith has worked as a steel
mill laborer, a high school teacher, a college professor, and a writer.
graduate of Mingo Central High School, Muskingum College, and Kent State
University, he is the author of eight books of poetry, a book of memoirs, three
books of fiction, two literary biographies of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Kenneth
Patchen, and a book of translations from the Chinese.
Smith is the director of the Firelands Writing Center and Editor-in-Chief of
Bottom Dog Press, Inc. He is also the father of three adult children, and is
married to Ann Smith, a professor emerita of Nursing at the Medical College of
Smith is a requested speaker on creative writing, the American Transcendental
writers, Zen Buddhist writings, and working-class literature. Recently retired,
he may be reached at BGSU Firelands College where he still teaches writing,
literature, and film. His most recent work is the novel, The Long River Home
Larry Smith is the author of Kenneth Patchen: Rebel Poet in
America (Bottom Dog Press,
reprinted 2012) and Lawrence
Ferlinghetti: Poet-at-Large (Southern Illinois University Press, 1982). He
is also the publisher at Bottom Dog Press.