Thomas R. Smith is a poet, essayist, editor, and teacher living in River Falls, Wisconsin. His writing has appeared in hundreds of journals in the United States and abroad. His work was selected for The Best American Poetry 1999 (Scribner) and has reached large national audiences on Garrison Keillor’s public radio show,“Writer’s Almanac,” and in U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s syndicated newspaper column, “American Life in Poetry.” He is the author of five books of poems: Keeping the Star (New Rivers Press, 1988), Horse of Earth (Holy Cow! Press, 1994), The Dark Indigo Current (Holy Cow! Press, 2000), Winter Hours (Red Dragonfly Press, 2005), and Waking Before Dawn (Red Dragonfly Press, 2007). He has edited Walking Swiftly: Writings and Images on the Occasion of Robert Bly’s 65th Birthday (Ally Press, 1992; HarperCollins, 1993), and What Happened When He Went to the Store for Bread (Nineties Press, 1993), a selection of the Canadian poet Alden Nowlan. He is currently a Master Track poetry instructor at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.
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