Dale Smith (poet)

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Dale Smith
Born1967 (age 51–52)
ResidenceToronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma materUniversity of Texas at Austin
OccupationPoet, professor

Dale Smith (born 1967) is an American poet, editor, and critic. Smith was born and raised in Texas and studied poetry at New College of California in San Francisco.[citation needed] Having completed his PhD at the University of Texas[1] in Austin, he and his wife, the poet Hoa Nguyen, now live in Toronto, where he is an assistant professor of English at Ryerson University.

While in San Francisco, Smith was co-editor of Mike & Dale's Younger Poets,[2] which put him in contact with many important poets from previous generations as well as the young poets of his own generation. After moving to Austin in 1998, he and Hoa Nguyen started the small press publishing venture Skanky Possum. From November 2003 to October 2004, then from October 2007 to April 2009, Smith wrote a lively column for Bookslut.[3] Smith's poetry and essays have been widely published, including an appearance in The Best American Poetry 2002. In 2007, he wrote the introduction to Ed Dorn's Way More West[4] (2007, Penguin), and more recently he has authored a work of critical scholarship as well as new poetry.


  • American Rambler (Thorp Springs Press, 2000)
  • The Flood & The Garden (First Intensity, 2002)
  • Coo-coo Fourth July (Backwoods Broadsides, 2002)
  • My Vote Counts (BlazeVOX Books, 2004)
  • Notes No Answer[5] (Habenicht Press, 2005)
  • Black Stone (Effing, 2007)
  • Susquehanna[6] (Punch Press, 2008)
  • Slow Poetry in America (Cuneiform, 2014)[7]
  • Poets Beyond the Barricade: Rhetoric, Citizenship, and Dissent after 1960 (University of Alabama Press, 2012)[8]


  1. ^ biographical data from the contributor's note at Big Bridge (issue 12)
  2. ^ "Bigbridge.org". Bigbridge.org. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  3. ^ "Articles by Dale Smith". Bookslut.com. Retrieved 2015-01-11.
  4. ^ Graham, Jorie. "Amazon.com". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  5. ^ "Habenichtpress.com". Habenichtpress.com. Retrieved 2015-01-11.
  6. ^ "Damnthecaesars.org". Damnthecaesars.org. 2009-06-25. Retrieved 2015-01-11.
  7. ^ http://cuneiformpress.com/?product=dale-smith-slow-poetry-in-america
  8. ^ "Poets Beyond the Barricade". University of Alabama Press. Retrieved 2016-08-16.

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