Larry Smith

Born
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.

A
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.

Mr.
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
Ohio.

Mr.
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
(2009).

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.

Book Reviews by Larry Smith

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“. . . an unforgettable youth and a father’s loving grief.”

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Born in Essex, England in 1923, and having lived for brief periods in Holland, France, Italy, Mexico, and most of her adult life in the United States, Denise Levertov viewed herself as “a trans-Atl

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“. . . the best of Billy Collins’ poems from 2002 to the present.”

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“. . . a huge cultural saga worth having and keeping, unforgettable . . .”

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“Denise Levertov emerges as a person and a poet. . . . an authoritative and intimate biography.”

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“Her style never obtrudes on her subject or that quiet sense of transcendence. . . . We are clearly at home in these deep, rich poems.”

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“Ms. Olds always writes from the gut and sometimes the heart in intimate images that often disturb as much as reveal.”

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“What emerges from this authoritative yet accessible collection is a portrait of one of America’s most original and intuitive thinkers, a man for all seasons, along with the fruits of his w

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“This selection of Patchen’s best by one of his intimates is clearly a gift and tribute to the man and his work, . . . Kenneth Patchen may be experiencing a real revival in his 100th year.

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“This is deep music and clear, as the poet carries us to those places in the heart that ground and guide us.

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“Magically, like the prose poem form itself, Mr. Wright opens to and finds himself and makes us care.”

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Bonnie Jo Campbell (a National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist) takes on tough subjects in her fiction, and this tale of a rebellious wilderness girl in Michigan is no ex

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This first novel by John Micaud is certainly packed with family and their place and life details.

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Everyone knows by now how Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk, was driven from his native Vietnam in the late 1960s and has since become an international peace advocate (nominated of the Nobel Peace P

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Here is a Southern literary novel that takes the reader back to 1920 and the back hills of the Carolina highlands where horses are still the main means of travel.

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Chris Holbrook has taken a long stretch of 14 years between his acclaimed Hell and Ohio collection and this new Upheaval: Stories.

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Susan Moon’s use of the old cliché “This is getting old” is not meant as a complaint, but rather as a shared exploration of that state in which we are all passing through.

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Though the subtitle is bit tongue in cheek, this book is practical, imaginative, and encouraging.

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                        I want my obituary to say that
                        I wrote in the language of dogs