Abraham Smith (poet)

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Abraham Smith
Madison, Wisconsin
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationMaster's degree in Creative Writing
Alma materUniversity of Alabama
  • Poet
  • Musician
  • Assistant Professor

Abraham Smith is an American poet, musician, and Assistant Professor of English at Weber State University. The author of five collections of poetry, Smith also serves as the poet laureate of Ogden, Utah, and a member of the band, “The Snarlin’ Yams.” In addition to a fellowship from the Alabama Council for the Arts, Smith was also named a Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellow.[1]

Personal Life

Smith was born in Madison, Wisconsin, but raised in the rural Wisconsin counties.[2] During his undergraduate years, he focused on Archaeology and Spanish Literature at the University of Wisconsin, before ultimately graduating with a master's degree in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama in 2004.[3]

Style and Influences

Smith has a style unlike that of any other contemporary poet, though poet James Wagner has noted Frank Stanford as a possible influence.[4]

His style is distinguished by a distinctly rural vernacular; he often employs a proverbial syntax to recall the feeling of country wisdom and a deliberate replacement of keywords with homophones to create a pleasurable ambiguity of meaning.[5]


Poetry Collections

  • Whim Wham Mammom (Action Books, 2007)
  • Hank (Action Books, 2010)
  • Only Jesus Could Icefish in Winter (Action Books, 2014)
  • Ashagalomancy (Action Books, 2015)
  • Destruction of Man (Third Man Books, 2018)


  • Hick Poetics (Lost Roads, 2015) with Shelly Taylor
  • Tuscaloosa Kills (Spork Press, 2018) with Scott McWaters


  1. Entropy. "National Poetry Month Featured Poet: Abraham Smith". Retrieved 2020-07-24.
  2. "Midwestern Gothic – A Literary Journal » Blog Archive » Interview: Abraham Smith". Retrieved 2020-07-24.
  3. Smith, Abraham. "Abraham Smith CV" (PDF). Weber State University.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "Abraham Smith, Ashagalomancy". Action Books. Retrieved 2020-07-24.
  5. Sanderson, Jordan (November 4, 2014). "Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer by Abraham Smith". Heavy Feather Review. Retrieved July 24, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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