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Erin Elizabeth Smith

Erin Elizabeth Smith

Senior Lecturer


Erin Elizabeth Smith is the Creative Director at the Sundress Academy for the Arts and the Managing Editor of Sundress Publications and The Wardrobe. She is the author of two full-length collections and the editor of two anthologies, Political Punch: Contemporary Poems on the Politics of Identity and Not Somewhere Else But Here: Contemporary Poems on Women and Place. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Mid-American, Crab Orchard Review, Cimarron Review, and Willow Springs, among other. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi and teaches in the English Department at the University of Tennessee, where she is also the Jack E. Reese Writer in the Library.



Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi (2009)
MFA, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2006)
BA, Binghamton University


The Fear of Being Found. Los Angeles: Zoetic Press, 2016. (Re-release)

The Naming of Strays. Randolph, MA: Gold Wake Press, 2011.

The Fear of Being Found. Burnsville, MN: Three Candles Press, 2008.

Edited Anthologies:

  • Frazier-Foley, Fox, Erin Elizabeth Smith, eds. Political Punch: Contemporary Poems on the Politics of Identity. Knoxville, TN: Sundress Publications, 2016.
  • Couture, Beth, Rhonda Lott, T.A. Noonan, & Erin Elizabeth Smith, eds. Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place. Knoxville, TN: Sundress Publications, 2014.

Selected Publications:

  • “Dot Rides the Ghost Donkey,” “Scratch and Pail,” and “Dot and the Ghost Chickens,” CALYX (forthcoming).
  • “Dear Nora,” Crab Fat Magazine (forthcoming).
  • “Dear Nora,” Ovenbird Poetry (forthcoming).
  • "Appalachian Sea,” Sakura Review (forthcoming).
  • “The Ghost Kid Speaks,” Ecotone Fall/Winter 2016: 166.
  • Chances Are,” interrupture 20 5 Jun. 2017.
  • Sansa to Snow White,” REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters 40.2 30 May 2017.
  • "Dot Tires of Everyone Assuming She's Straight," Contrary Magazine Autumn 2016.
  • “Dot Tires of Everyone Assuming She's Straight,” Contrary (forthcoming).
  • “Ars,” Pittsburgh Poetry Review 1:1 (2015): 123.
  • "How to Get Dry," "Sesquicentennial Alice," Tusculum Review 15 Nov. 2015 
  • "Dreams While You're Away," "Things I Know Just By Looking at Them," Reunion: the Dallas Review 4 (2014): 202-205.
  • “Cartography of Alice,” “Alice Re-Watches Garden State,” Wherewithal 1 15 Dec. 2014.
  • “Alice Recounts the Unfortunate Accident with Bonne and the Rabbit,” “November and the Trees Are  Full of Sound,” “February in Knoxville,” “What We Want Love to Be,” “Alice on OKCupid,”  Menacing Hedge 4.02 15 Oct. 2014.
  • "On Watching an Old Episode of A Cook's Tour,” “A Carol for Southern Christmases,” Rappahannock Review 1:4 13 Aug. 2014.
  • "Divorce II,” ROAR Magazine (Spring 2014): 11-1.
  • What We Undo,” Cheat River Review 2:1 15 May 2014.
  • “Mapmaking,” Thrush Poetry 1 Jul. 2014
  • “Alice in Louisiana,” “Alice and Alexandra,” Mid-American Review 33.1 (2012): 116-18.
  • “Neco z Alenky,” Barn Own Review 7 (2014): 58-59.
  • "The Deer," "Gastronomy," Zone 3 28:1 (2013): 105-08.
  • “Men in Their Boats,” Sou'wester 41:2 (2013): 96-97.
  • "Alice in Knoxville," Moon City Review 2013: 68-69.
  • “The Plastic Triceratops Questions Behavioral Integrity,” Gargoyle 59 (2012): 172.
  • Fables,” “Four Photographs of House with Mother,” “Sin,” Superstition Review 1 Dec. 2012
  •   “On Falling in Love Again,” Waccamaw 10 Nov. 2012
  • “Alice Gives Advice to Dorothy,” “Alice in Kentucky,” “Alice Visits Bonne in DC,” “The Carroll Illustrations,” “Down,” Palooka 4 (2012): 74-78.
  • “For Girls in Love With Their English Professors,” 32 Poems 10.1 (2012): 28.
  • "‘Not Because My Heart is Hard’: The Bondwoman’s Narrative, the Gothic, and Companionate Marriage," MP: A Feminist Online Journal 2:6 (2010): 101-15.
  • “Rescue Archeology,” Straylight 5.2 (2011): 26.
  • “Pieces,” Blip Magazine Winter 2012
  • “Sherbet,”  Water~Stone Review 13 (2010): 103.
  • “Drinking Poem,” Limestone: A Journal of Art and Literature (2010): 22-23.
  • “Spring Again in Hattiesburg,”  New Delta Review 27 (2010): 133-34.
  • “It’s Spring and Everyone’s Writing Love,” “Lovebugs,” Yalobusha Review 15 (2010): 74-75.
  • How to Escape the South,” “Fidelity”. The Southern Poetry Anthology: Mississippi. Ed. Stephen Gardner and William Wright. Vol. 3. Huntsville: Texas Review Press (2009).
  • “At the New York State Museum.” Specs 2 (2009): 32.
  • “Closet Space.” Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems. Eds. Vasiliki Katsaros, Ruth O’Toole, and  Ellen Foos.  Princeton: Ragged Sky Press (2009): 119.
  •  “Driving in Mississippi Next to Two Men I’ve Slept With.” Silk Road 4 (2009): 84.
  •  “The Chainsaw Bears,” “The Chainsaw Bears,” “The Chainsaw Bears,” “The Chainsaw Bears,” No Tell Motel 9 November 2008 .
  • “A Stillness We Can’t Keep,” The Florida Review 33.1 (2008): 137-43.
  • “Love Poem,” “Pansies (or What Love Does to the Body),” Salamander 13.1 (2007) 90-92.
  •  “Aromatics,” “How to Fall in Love,” Pacific Review 2007-2008: 24-25.
  •  “Surviving a Biblical Flood,” Cimarron Review 158 (2007): 41-42.
  • “Hugo,” The Pinch 27.1 (2007): 67-69.
  • “Divorce,” “The Middle Ground,” RHINO (2007) 120-22.
  • “Samsara in Illinois,”  Natural Bridge 16 (2006): 136-47.
  • “Hands,”  Willow Springs 58 (2006).
  • “The Things She Left Me With Begin to Swallow Themselves,” Bellingham Review 2.58 (2006): 67.
  •  “Of Course I Want My Father to Love Me,” Crab Orchard Review 11.2 (2006): 198.
  • “The Root Vegetables,” West Branch 58 (2006): 79.
  •  “Macha Speaks to Her Children,” “Sin (Storm): A Pantoum,” Third Coast (2006): 39-42.

Professional Service

Creative Director, Sundress Academy for the Arts
Managing Editor, Sundress Publications
Founding Editor, Best of the Net Anthology
Founding Editor, Stirring : A Literary Collection
Curator, Gone Dark Archives
Nonprofit Organization Advisor, Tandem Readers Award
Committee Member, TNready Review Committee, Tennessee Department of Education
Organizer, University of Tennessee MFA Roundtables

Awards, Honors & Grants

  • Winner, Chancellor's Teaching Award, University of Tennessee, 2017
  • Runner-up, Cider Press Review Book Prize, 2016.
  • Runner-Up, Bryant-Lisembee Book Prize, Red Paint Hill Publishing, 2015.
  • Commencement Speaker, Fountainhead College, 2014.
  • Winner, Hodges Teaching Award for Lecturers, 2011.
  • Guest Poet, Academy of American Poets online discussion forum. March/April 2009.
  • Finalist, Black River Chapbook Competition, 2008.
  • Competitive Grant Recipient, Committee on Services and Resources for Women, 2008.
  • Finalist, Cider Press Review Book Award, 2007.
  • Winner, Robert J. and Katharin Carr Poetry Prize, 2006.
  • Winner, Southern Hum Poetry Award, 2005.
  • Winner, Marc Penka Poetry Award, 2005.
  • Fellowship winner, Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets, 2003.

Associations & Organizations

Member, Association of Writers and Writing Programs

Invited Lectures

  • Meacham Writer's Workshop, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Oct. 27-29, 2016.
  • Collective Impact: Arts Administrators, Educators, and Artists as Change Agents, “One Weird Trick: Social Media 101.”  Tennessee Arts Commission, Murfreesburo, TN.
  • Visiting Writer, Trinity Valley School, Forth Worth TX, 2016.
  • Publishing Panel, Tusculum College, Greenville, TN, 2015.
  • OUTStanding Seminar, “OUTSpoken Creative Writing Workshop: The Southern LGBTQ+ Experience” University of Tennessee. Knoxville, TN, 2014.
  • Southern Festival of Books. “Community Building, Creative Collaboration, and Literary Arts.” Nashville, TN. 2014.
  • Master Class on Publishing and Poetry, University of Illinois, Springfield, Oct. 14, 2011.
Erin Elizabeth Smith

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