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Laura Smith: School of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty

Laura T. Smith , Ph.D.

Professor & Chair, English
English | School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Laura Smith
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Education

  • Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, 2010 with Portfolio in Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • M.A. University of Texas at Austin, 2005
  • B.A. College of William and Mary in Virginia, 1997

Professional Experience

  • Professor, English, Stevenson University, 2021-present
  • Associate Professor, English, Stevenson University, 2016-2021
  • Assistant Professor, English, Stevenson University, 2010-2016

Research

Poetry and poetics; contemporary American poetry; African American literature and theory; LGBTQ literature and theory; history of poetic form.

Publications

Book

  • Sonnets from the American: An Anthology of Poems and Essays. Co-edited with Dora Malech. University of Iowa Press, 2022. 

Articles

  • "Texuality in a Jazz Aesthetic: Textual Rituals for Transformation in Sharon Bridgforth's love conjure/blues." Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 46, 2 (Summer 2021).
  • “From Rupture to Remembering: Flesh Memory and the Embodied Experimentalism of Akilah Oliver.” Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 35, 2 (Summer 2010): 103-120.  (Republished in The Akilah Oliver Memorial, Belladonna Press, 2011.)
  • Co-editor of Special Issue, “Bridging the Gap: Emerging Scholars, Emerging Forms of Scholarship.” Reflections: Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy 7, 3 (Summer 2008). 

Poetry

  • Shape-Shifting Researches 1," Rogue Agent 66 (Summer 2020).
  • “Unstruck,” “Turn,” Ruminate Magazine 41 (2016).
  • “Dress,” Bone Bouquet 7.1 (2016).
  • “Good Friday,” “Balasana as a Means of Travel,” “Daylight Savings.” PANK: Emerging and Experimental Poetry & Prose 8.11 (2013).
  • “Descending to A.” Performance adaption of Alice Notley’s The Descent of Alette. Cohen New Works Festival, University of Texas at Austin, September 2008.
  • “California,” “Her Skin Returning,” “From Spruce to Chestnut,” Monday Night 3, Spring 2005.
  • Fault/Lines. Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Aug-Sept 2002. With Ronald Carter, Susan Phillips, Denise Valentine, Irma Bauer.
  • Cold Cradle: Cocaine, Missiles, Pop Culture, and Peanuts. Philadelphia Fringe Festival Adjudicated Selection. Philadelphia, PA. Aug-Sept 2001. With Ronald Carter, Susan Phillips, Julia Moreno, and Mattie O’Boyle.

Teaching

ENG 224. Introduction to Creative Writing. 

ENG 225. Forms of Poetry.

ENG 230. Critical Approaches to Literary Study I. 

ENG 281. African American Performance on Page, Stage, Screen.

ENG 281. The Graphic Novel and Visual Literature. 

ENG 281. LGBTQAI+ Literature and Culture

ENG 287. Literary Genres: Poetry.

ENG 326. Poetry Workshop. 

ENG 337 Advanced Writing: Grant Writing.

ENG 338 Writing for Professions: Health Professions.

ENG 353. Contemporary American Literature. 

ENG 381. Rebels and Revolution: Protest Lit.

ENG 385. Epic Vision and Revision. 

ENG 385. Sex and Death: The Sonnet Since Shakespeare.

ENG 401. Major Author: Toni Morrison. 

ENG 401. Major Author: Langston Hughes.

Highlights

  • Co-organizer, Sonnets from the American Symposium, October 1-3, 2020.
  • Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities Scholars Institute, 2015
  • Artist Residency, Marble House Project, 2014
  • Founding Director, Stevenson Summer Writers' Workshop, 2013-2017.
  • Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies (TILTS) Fellow, 2012. 
  • John Lovas Memorial Weblog Award, Kairos, 2010
  • O’Neal Award for Graduate Excellence, 2010
  • Cohen New Works Festival Seed Grant, 2008.
  • Publically Active Graduate Education Fellow, Imagining America, 2008.

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