Martha Nell Smith

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Martha Nell Smith
Occupation literary critic, professor
Nationality American
Genre literature

Martha Nell Smith is professor of English and founding director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland, College Park.[1] Her work's main focus is on the life and works of the poet Emily Dickinson.


A native of San Angelo, Texas,[2] Smith is Coordinator and Executive Editor of the Dickinson Electronic Archives projects at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) at the University of Virginia.[1] With Lara Vetter, Smith is editor of Emily Dickinson’s Correspondence: A Born-Digital Textual Inquiry (2008) from the Mellon-sponsored Rotunda New Digital Scholarship, University of Virginia Press.[3]

With teams at the University of Illinois, University of Virginia, University of Nebraska, University of Alberta, and Northwestern University, Smith worked on two interrelated Mellon-sponsored data mining and visualization initiatives, NORA and MONK (Metadata Offer New Knowledge).[not in citation given][4] Smith also serves on the editorial board and steering committee of NINES (Networked Interface for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship),[5] and is on the advisory board of The Poetess Archive.[6]

Smith is the President of (and a director of) The Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS).[7]

In 2009, Livingston College at Rutgers University awarded Smith its Distinguished Alumni Award 2009 for scholarly achievement and leadership.[8][9]

In 2012 Smith helped locate a photo believed to be of Dickinson, and the only picture of the reclusive poet as an adult.[10][11][12]


Smith has published five books:

She has also published more than 40 articles and essays in American Literature, Studies in the Literary Imagination, South Atlantic Quarterly, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Profils Americains, San Jose Studies, The Emily Dickinson Journal, ESQ, and A Companion to Digital Humanities.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Martha Nell Smith. "Martha Nell Smith | English Department, University of Maryland". Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  2. ^ "Hattie Mozelle Owens Smith [3079]". Texas State Cemetery. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  3. ^ "Emily Dickinson’s Correspondences". University of Virginia Press. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  4. ^ "The MONK Project". The MONK Project. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  5. ^ "Executive council". N I N E S. Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  6. ^ "About the Poetess Archive". Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  7. ^ "The Emily Dickinson International Society Board". The Emily Dickinson International Society. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  8. ^ "Past Award Recipients of Distinguished Alumni Award". Livingston Alumni Association. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  9. ^ "Martha Nell Smith". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  10. ^ [conflicted source?] "Martha Nell Smith Helps Bring New Dickinson Photo to Light". English Department, University of Maryland. 2012-09-13. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  11. ^ Shanahan, Mark & Goldstein, Meredith. "New photo of Emily Dickinson?". The Names Blog (Boston Globe). Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  12. ^ Enszer, Julie (2012-09-11). "Is this a photo of Emily Dickinson? And will it tell us who she loved?". Ms. Blog (Ms. Magazine). Retrieved 2013-12-20. 

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