Thomas R. Smith (poet)

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Thomas R. Smith
Born (1948-01-16) January 16, 1948 (age 70)
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA
Occupation Poet
Nationality American
Genre American poetry
Spouse Krista Spieler

Thomas R. Smith (born January 16, 1948) is an American poet, essayist, teacher and editor. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals in the U.S. and internationally. His poems have been featured on The Writer's Almanac , a syndicated national public radio program and podcast hosted by Garrison Keillor. His work was also selected for The Best American Poetry 1999, edited by poet Robert Bly, and in former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's syndicated newspaper column, American Life in Poetry. [1]

Poet person who writes and publishes poetry

A poet is a person who creates poetry. Poets may describe themselves as such or be described as such by others. A poet may simply be a writer of poetry, or may perform their art to an audience.

Teacher person who helps others to acquire knowledge, competences or values

A teacher is a person who helps others to acquire knowledge, competences or values.

The Writer's Almanac is a daily podcast and newsletter of poetry and historical interest pieces, usually of literary significance. Begun as a radio program in 1993, it is hosted by Garrison Keillor and was produced and distributed by American Public Media through November 2017. Today it is available on Keillor's website and major podcast platforms. Past program sponsors include The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry Magazine and The Mosaic Foundation of Rita and Peter Heydon.


Smith has described his own work as drawing from the nature and landscape of his home in Wisconsin. [2] In a review of Smith's Kinnickinic, fellow poet and critic B.J. Best wrote, "Smith's best poems use natural life to instruct and inspire us, who are all too often removed from the natural landscape." [3] Robert Bly described Smith as "a high-spirited poetry horse riding over the hills of emotion." [1] Poet Ralphe Murre praised Smith's use of earthly language, void of pretense but still playful and inventive: "At no time does he allow some device or conceit to get in the way of the poem, or his readers’ access to it. This is the work of a mature artist, certain of his craft; simply, effectively, and honestly allowing us in." [4]

Smith has fourteen books and chapbooks of his poetry published, and his fifteenth, Windy Day at Kabekona: New and Selected Prose Poems, is due for publication in 2018. He has also edited various books, including three on the subject of fellow poet Robert Bly. His poetry criticism has been published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Great River Review, Ruminator Review, and in other periodicals.

Smith lives in River Falls, Wisconsin with his wife Krista Spieler. He teaches poetry at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. [5]

River Falls, Wisconsin City in Wisconsin, United States

River Falls is a city in Pierce and St. Croix counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. It is adjacent to the Town of River Falls in Pierce County and the Town of Kinnickinnic in St. Croix County. River Falls is the most populous city in Pierce county. The population was 15,000 at the 2010 census, with 11,851 residing in Pierce County, and 3,149 in St. Croix County. It is part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area and is about 30 miles (48 km) east of the center of that region.


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