About the Poet
Ron Smith (born 1949) is an American poet and the first writer-in-residence at St. Christopher's School in Richmond, Virginia. He is the author of Running Again in Hollywood Cemetery, Moon Road, Its Ghostly Workshop, and The Humility of the Brutes. In 2005, he was selected, along with Elizabeth Seydel Morgan, as an inaugural winner of the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize, "which is awarded each year to a poet with strong connections to the Commonwealth of Virginia." He serves as a curator for the prize along with Morgan, David Wojahn, and Don Selby.
Smith's poems have appeared in periodicals, including The Nation, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and in anthologies from Wesleyan University Press, Time-Life Books, University of Virginia Press, University of Georgia Press, and University of Illinois Press.
His essay reviews have appeared in The Kenyon Review and other magazines and reference work, most recently in The Georgia Review, Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts, and H-Arete. He is a regular poetry reviewer for The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Smith is a former president of the Poetry Society of Virginia and is a trustee for the Edgar Allan Poe Museum. He sits on the board of directors for James River Writers. From 2014 to 2016, he was Poet Laureate of Virginia.
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Published Works or Performances
- Running Again in Hollywood Cemetery, University Presses of Florida, 1988.
- Moon Road: Poems 1986-2005. Louisiana University State Press, 2007.
- Its Ghostly Workshop. Louisiana University State Press, 2013.
- The Humility of the Brutes. Louisiana University State Press, 2017.