Jordan Smith (poet)

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Born (1954-09-11) September 11, 1954 (age 68)
Fairport, New York
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materEmpire State College
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Jordan Smith (born September 11, 1954) is an American poet and professor at Union College in Schenectady, New York.[1]


Jordan Smith was born in Fairport, New York. He earned his bachelor's degree at Empire State College, his master's degree at Johns Hopkins University, and his master's of fine arts degree at the University of Iowa where he was a student of Marvin Bell.[2] He was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in 1984,[3] Guggenheim Fellowship in 1988,[4] and an Ingram Merrill Foundation fellowship [5] Smith is the author of eight collections of poetry including An Apology for Loving the Old Hymns (1982), The Names of Things Are Leaving (2006), and Clare's Empire (2014).[6] He is a contributor to AGNI literary magazine, American Short Fiction, Antaeus (magazine), New England Review, The Yale Review|Yale Review,[7] Antioch Review, and New Hibernia Review.[8] Smith is Edward E. Hale Jr. Professor of English at Union College and teaches creative writing and poetry.[9]


Poetry collections

  • An Apology for Loving the Old Hymns, Princeton University Press, 1982.
  • Lucky Seven, Wesleyan University Press, 1988.
  • The Household of Continuance, Copper Beech, 1992.
  • For Appearances, University of Tampa Press, 2002.
  • The Names of Things Are Leaving, University of Tampa Press, 2006.
  • The Light in the Film, University of Tampa Press, 2011.
  • Clare's Empire, Hydroelectric, 2014.
  • Little Black Train, 3 Mile Harbor.


  • Three Grange Halls, Swan Scythe, 2002.[10]
  • Greatest Hits, Pudding House, 2003.
  • The Flute is Zero, Right Hand Pointing, 2006.[11]


  1. "Live Encounters | Jordan Smith – An Education". Retrieved 2021-08-26.
  2. "Los Angeles Review of Books". Los Angeles Review of Books. 2017-08-17. Retrieved 2021-08-26.
  3. "NEA Literature Fellowships: 40 Years of Supporting American Writers" (PDF). National Endowment for the Arts. March 2006.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "John Simon Guggenheim Foundation | Jordan F. Smith". John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Retrieved 2021-08-26.
  5. "Bookshelf - Page 2". Hamilton College. Retrieved 2021-08-26.
  6. Foundation, Poetry (2021-08-25). "Jordan Smith". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 2021-08-26.
  7. "Jordan Smith". Poets & Writers. Retrieved 2021-08-26.
  8. "Project MUSE - New Hibernia Review-Volume 24, Number 4, Winter/Geimhreadh 2020". Retrieved 2021-08-26.
  9. "Jordan Smith". Union College. Retrieved 2021-08-26.
  10. "Swan Scythe Press > Three Grange Halls". Retrieved 2021-08-26.
  11. "Jordan Smith: The Flute Is Zero". Retrieved 2021-08-26.

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