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Date: 7:30pm EDT March 18, 2013

“When Bird Dogs Ruled the Earth: Poetry, Hunting, and the Environment”

The Elliot Coleman, Professor of Poetry at Johns Hopkins University and Department Chair.

Dave Smith has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, has won two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, is Chair of the Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University. 

He is the author of Little Boats, Unsalvaged (Louisiana State University Press, 2005), his 14th collection of poetry, The Wick of Memory, New and Selected Poems, 1970-2000 (Louisiana State University Press, 2000), Onliness (novel, Louisiana State University Press, 1981), Southern Delights (stories, Croissant & Co., Ltd., 1984), and two collections of essays: Local Assays: On Contemporary American Poetry (University of Illinois Press, 1985) and Hunting Men: Reflections on a Life in American Poetry (Louisiana State University Press, 2006).

He was the editor of The Southern Review from 1990-2002, at Louisiana State University, where he was also the Boyd Professor of English, and has edited The Essential Poe (Ecco, 1991),The William Morrow Anthology of Younger American Poets (William Morrow and Co., 1985) and The Pure Clear Word: Essays on the Poetry of James Wright (University of Illinois Press, 1981).

Currently, he is the editor of the Southern Messenger Poetry Seriesat Louisiana State University. Smith has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in Poetry, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Lyndhurst Fellowship as well as the Virginia Prize in Poetry and an Award in Poetry from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He is an elected member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.