Evan Lavender-Smith

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Evan Lavender-Smith
Lavender-Smith reading at New Mexico State University
Lavender-Smith reading at New Mexico State University
OccupationWriter, editor, professor
NationalityUnited States
Notable worksFrom Old Notebooks, Avatar

Evan Lavender-Smith is an American writer, editor, and professor.

Lavender-Smith was raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico.[1] He received a BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999 and an M.F.A. in Fiction from New Mexico State University in 2004. He is the founding editor of Noemi Press and the former Editor-in-Chief of Puerto del Sol.[2] He teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at Virginia Tech.


From Old Notebooks (2010)[edit]

Lavender-Smith's first book, From Old Notebooks, a cross-genre work combining elements of fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry and philosophy, was published in March 2010.[3][4] Writing in Rain Taxi, literary critic and Harvard University professor Stephen Burt called From Old Notebooks "an anti-masterpiece of an anti-novel," noting novelist David Markson's influence on the book.[5] In TriQuarterly, Barry Silesky wrote that From Old Notebooks "defies placement in a genre ... It is structured like poetry, in shifting events and tones without transition, though ... the language is ruthlessly prosaic."[6] Daniel Nester has referred to Lavender-Smith's From Old Notebooks, along with books by Jenny Boully, as combining "the best of the poetics of prose poetry with the I-centric essay," and counted Lavender-Smith and Boully as members of a "New Prose" movement in contemporary American literature.[7]

Avatar (2011)[edit]

Lavender-Smith's second book, a short novel entitled Avatar, was published in February 2011.[8] The novel consists of a monologue thought or spoken by a character floating in space, between two points of light or "stars."[9][10]


  • From Old Notebooks. Ann Arbor: Dzanc Books. 2013. ISBN 9781938604324.
  • Avatar. Pittsburgh: Six Gallery Press. 2011. ISBN 9781926616162.



From Old Notebooks

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Hicks, Dylan (June 1, 2011). "Interstellar Overdrive: An Interview with Evan Lavender-Smith". Rain Taxi. Retrieved 2014-09-14.
  2. ^ [1] Puerto del Sol
  3. ^ Buchen, Callista. "From Old Notebooks by Evan Lavender-Smith". Prick of the Spindle. Retrieved 2014-09-14.
  4. ^ Higgs, Christopher (March 28, 2010). "Some Thoughts on Evan Lavender-Smith's From Old Notebooks". HTMLGiant. Retrieved 2014-09-14.
  5. ^ Burt, Stephen (Fall 2010), From Old Notebooks by Evan Lavender-Smith, Rain Taxi
  6. ^ Silesky, Barry. "From Old Notebooks by Evan Lavender-Smith". TriQuarterly. Retrieved 2014-09-14.
  7. ^ Nester, Daniel. "Dig the New Prose Breed: Richard Froude's Fabric". We Who Are About To Die. Retrieved 2014-09-14.
  8. ^ "Avatar Small Press Distribution page". Retrieved 2014-09-14.
  9. ^ Blackwell, Gabriel (May–June 2011). "Black Space: Avatar by Evan Lavender-Smith". American Book Review. Retrieved 2014-09-14.
  10. ^ Tyler, J.A. (May–June 2011). "Avatar by Evan Lavender-Smith". The Collagist. Retrieved 2014-09-14.