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Laura Smith: School of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty

Laura T. Smith , Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Chair, English
English | School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Laura Smith
Office Location
Garrison Hall S218 Campus Map


  • 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

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


Contemporary American poetry; African American literature and theory; LGBTQ literature and theory; history of poetic form; creative writing.



  • “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). 


  • “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).


ENG 224. Introduction to Creative Writing. 

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 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.


  • Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities Scholars Institute, 2015
  • Artist Residency, Marble House Project, 2014
  • John Lovas Memorial Weblog Award, Kairos, 2010
  • O’Neal Award for Graduate Excellence, 2010
  • Publically Active Graduate Education Fellow, Imagining America, 2008

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