Austin Smith (poet)

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Austin Robert Smith (b. 1982)[1] is an American poet and fiction writer.

Smith has published two books of poetry, both in the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets,[2] and three poetry chapbooks. His poems have appeared in journals including The New Yorker,[3][4] Poetry,[5] and Virginia Quarterly Review,[6] and his short fiction has appeared in journals including Kenyon Review,[7] Sewanee Review,[8] and ZYZZYVA[9].

Smith has been awarded a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts,[10][11] and the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship.[12] He holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, an MA from the University of California, Davis, and an MFA from the University of Virginia.[13]

Smith's poetry deals with themes including rural life, violence, and war. Originally from rural Illinois,[13] the poet often expresses a strong tie to the Midwestern United States. As Smith wrote in 2018, "I feel it's even more important than ever to write of this region, to identify the trends that have led to the decline of small towns and small family farms, and to celebrate the people and the land so that no reader of mine will ever think of the Midwest as flyover country again."[11]


  • Smith, Austin (2018). Flyover Country: Poems. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691181561. Search this book on Logo.png
  • Smith, Austin (2013). Almanac: Poems. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691159188. Search this book on Logo.png
  • Smith, Austin (2013). Instructions for How to Put an Old Horse Down. Brattleboro, VT: Longhouse Press. OCLC 692016564. Search this book on Logo.png
  • Smith, Austin (2009). Midwestern Death Poems. Brattleboro, VT: Longhouse Press. OCLC 944523036. Search this book on Logo.png
  • Smith, Austin (2008). In the Silence of the Migrated Birds. Madison, WI: Parallel Press. ISBN 9781893311985. Search this book on Logo.png


  1. "Catalog, Poetry Series, 2008, 'In the Silence of the Migrated Birds'". Parallel Press. University of Wisconsin–Madison Libraries. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  2. "Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets". Princeton University Press. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  3. Smith, Austin (17 September 2012). "The Hotel". The New Yorker. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  4. Smith, Austin (23 November 2015). "Chekhov". The New Yorker. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  5. Smith, Austin (March 2015). "Factory Town". Poetry. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  6. Smith, Austin (17 June 2015). "The Tombstone of the Moon". Virginia Quarterly Review. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  7. Smith, Austin (Fall 2013). "Cicadas". Kenyon Review. 35 (4): 32–53.
  8. Smith, Austin (2018). "King Me". Sewanee Review. 126 (2): 215–226. doi:10.1353/sew.2018.0023.
  9. Smith, Austin (Winter 2015). "The Cave". ZYZZYVA (105).
  10. Shashkevich, Alex (11 December 2017). "Stanford Lecturer Earns Fellowship from National Endowment for the Arts". Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Smith, Austin. "Meet the Creative Writing Fellows: Austin Smith, 2018 Prose". National Endowment for the Arts. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  12. Lowell, William A. (3 March 2020). "Announcement of 2020-2021 Scholar" (PDF). Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Bio". Austin Robert Smith. Retrieved 28 November 2020.

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