Smith, Dave, 1942-

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Poet Dave Smith (David Jeddie Smith, pseudonym Smith Cornwell) was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, on December 19, 1942. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Virginia in 1965, his M.A. from Southern Illinois University in 1969, and his Ph.D. from Ohio University in 1976. He served in the United States Air Force from 1969-1972, reaching the rank of staff sergeant. Smith began his career as a high school teacher of English and French and football coach in Poquoson High School in Virginia and has taught English and creative writing at colleges and universities throughout the United States. As of 2006, he was the Elliot Coleman professor of Poetry and department chair at Johns Hopkins University.

In the late 1960s, Smith began publishing poetry in numerous little magazines and journals. After publishing several volumes of collected poetry, Smith gained critical recognition as one of the most significant poets to emerge in the United States during the 1970s. Smith was twice runner-up for Pulitzer Prize in Poetry (1979, 1981) and one of five finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Prize (Poetry, 1979). He received multiple awards and fellowships from other organizations.

From the guide to the Dave Smith Collection, 1960-1990, (Ohio University)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. An honest tub. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. [Three poems] Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. A note from the back door / Dave Smith, Bob DeMott. Ohio University, Alden Library
referencedIn Eaton, Charles Edward, 1916-2006. Charles Edward Eaton papers, 1916-1990s [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Mariani, Paul L. Paul L. Mariani papers, 1961-2003. Boston College. John J. Burns Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. Porcupines. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. Men with/without women : poems / Dave Smith. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. Cumberland station : a dissertation prospectus / David J. Smith. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Updike, John. [Broadside collection]. Hollins University, Wyndham Robertson Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. Reviews of Dave Smith's poetry Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. North Sea vista : Tayport, Scotland. Ohio University, Alden Library
referencedIn Records of, Little Magazine TXRC95-A96., 1965-1988 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. Hollis Summers. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. Sailing the back river / Dave Smith. Ohio University, Alden Library
referencedIn Jack W. C. Hagstrom (AC 1955) Correspondence with or about Thom Gunn, Donald Hall, Marianne Moore, Dave Smith and Richard Wilbur, 1958-2002 Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn Stephen Sandy letters from poets, 1954-1988. Houghton Library
referencedIn Ziff, Lloyd. Happy birthday N.B.C.C. 1974-1984 ; the National Book Critics Circle tenth anniversary, 1985. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Wright, Charles, 1935-. Charles Wright papers [manuscript], 2003-2005. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. The righting moment : poems 1988-1998 / Dave Smith. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. A walloomsac trout. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. Dream flights : poems / by Dave Smith. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. MGB, used : ars poetica. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. [Two poems : 1993b] Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. [Two poems : 1993] Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. [Two poems] Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. The pornography box / Dave Smith. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Tate, James, 1943-. James Tate Papers, 1944-1998 (bulk 1962-1998). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. [Reviews and columns from the American poetry review]. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Ammons, A. R., 1926-. The Little Magazine archive, 1965-1988. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. Office files, of The American Poetry Review, 1976-1995. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. In the house of the judge : poems / Dave Smith. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. The wick of memory : poems 1988-1998 / Dave Smith. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. A gathering of poets Dave Smith. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Palaemon Press (Winston-Salem, N.C.). Editorial archive, 1974-1984. Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. [Two poems : 1992] Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. The wick of memory : poems 1982-2000 / Dave Smith. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. Homage to Edgar Allan Poe : poems / Dave Smith. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Dave Smith Collection, 1960-1990 Ohio University
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. [Six poems] Ohio University, Alden Library
referencedIn Harmon, William, 1938-. William Harmon papers, 1939-2000 (correspondents S). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. Vita : Dr. David J. Smith. Ohio University, Alden Library
referencedIn James Tate Papers TXRC05-A10003., 1944-1998 (bulk 1962-1998) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. Hunting men / by Dave Smith. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. Chopping the distance / Dave Smith. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. [Two poems] Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. Dave Smith papers 1960-1990. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. Southern crescent. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Smith, Dave, 1942-. [Eight poems] Ohio University, Alden Library
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associatedWith DeMott, Robert J., 1943- person
associatedWith Eaton, Charles Edward, 1916-2006. person
associatedWith Hagstrom, Jack W. C. person
associatedWith Harmon, William, 1938- person
associatedWith Little Magazine corporateBody
associatedWith Mariani, Paul L. person
associatedWith Palaemon Press (Winston-Salem, N.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. person
associatedWith Sandy, Stephen, recipient. person
associatedWith Tate, James, 1943- person
associatedWith Wright, Charles, 1935- person
associatedWith Wright, James Arlington, 1927-1980 person
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American poetry--20th century--History and criticism
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American poetry--20th century--Periodicals--History
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Birth 1942-12-19

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