Arthur Smith (American poet)

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Arthur Smith (4/17/1948 - 11/9/2018) [1] was an American poet whose work appeared in The New Yorker, "The Georgia Review," "Northwest Review," "Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts," "Crazyhorse," "Southern Poetry Review," Hunger Mountain,[2] and The Nation.[3] He was a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee and lived in Knoxville, Tennessee with his three Keeshonden.


  • 1987 Pushcart Prize
  • 1986 Pushcart Prize
  • 1985 Norma Farber First Book Award, Poetry Society of America
  • 1984 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
  • 1981 Discovery/The Nation, the Joan Leiman Jacobson Poetry Prize [4]


  • "ARS POETICA", Enskyment[5]
  • Elegy on Independence Day. University of Pittsburgh Press. 1985. ISBN 978-0-8229-3513-1.
  • Orders of Affection: Poems. Carnegie Mellon University Press. 1996. ISBN 978-0-88748-223-6.
  • The Late World: Poems. Carnegie Mellon University Press. 2002. ISBN 978-0-88748-368-4.
  • The Fortunate Era: Poems. Carnegie Mellon University Press. 2013. ISBN 978-0-88748-567-1.


  • The New Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, 1999.
  • Don Johnson, ed. (1991). Hummers, Knucklers, and Slow Curves: Contemporary Baseball Poems. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 978-0-252-06183-7.