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Erin Elizabeth Smith

Erin Elizabeth Smith

Erin Elizabeth Smith

Distinguished Lecturer

1203B McClung Tower


Erin Elizabeth Smith is the Executive Director for Sundress Publications and the Sundress Academy for the Arts. She is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, most recently DOWN (SFASU 2020), and her work has appeared in Guernica, Ecotone, Crab Orchard, and Mid-American, among others. Smith is a Distinguished Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and the Poet Laureate of Oak Ridge, TN.


  • PhD, University of Southern Mississippi Center for Writers
  • MFA, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • BA, Binghamton University

Regularly Taught Courses

  • English 251: Introduction to Poetry
  • English 254: Themes in Literature- Queer Poetry
  • English 255: Public Writing- Writing for Advocacy
  • English 363: Writing Poetry