Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jared R.W. Smith  

Pen Name: Jared Smith

Genre: Poetry

Born: 1950 in Cleveland, Ohio

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Illinois Connection

Smith lives in Lisle, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jared Smith's poems, essays, and literary criticism have appeared hundreds of times in literary journals over the past 30 years. These include Spoon River Quarterly, Poet Lore, The Kenyon Review, Rhino, The New York Quarterly, Pulpsmith, Greenfield Review, Coe Review, Fine Madness, The Pedestal, Bitterroot, and many many others. His poetry has been adapted to modern dance at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and to stage in Naperville. Jared reads frequently throughout the Chicagoland area, and has given featured readings at both Chicago and suburban library branches, as well as at Ridgefield School, where he was featured the week after Kevin Stein appeared. He is past president of Poets & Patrons, a member of The Chicago Poets' Club, and a member of the Illinois State Poetry Society. Jared is also Poetry Editor of Trail & Timberline (the official journal of the Colorado Mountain Club) and Managing Editor of The New York Quarterly.

Published Works

  • Song of Blood: An Epic, The Smith Press, 1983
  • Dark Wing, Charred Norton Publishing, 1984
  • Keeping the Outlaw Alive, Erie Street Press, 1988
  • Walking the Perimeters of the Plate Glass Window Factory, Birch Brook Press, 2001
  • Having No Natural Outlet, PuddinHead Books, 2005
  • Lake Michigan and Other Poems, Puddin'head Press, 2005
  • The Graves Grow Bigger Between Generations, Higganum Hill Books, 2008

Selected Titles At Your Library

Dark wing :
ISBN: 0930975006. OCLC Number:

Charred Norton Pub.,. Camillus, N.Y. :. ©1984.

Keeping the outlaw alive /
ISBN: 0942582144. OCLC Number:

Erie Street Press,. Oak Park, Il. :. ©1988.

Walking the perimeters of the plate glass window factory /
ISBN: 0913559660. OCLC Number:

Birch Book Press,. Delhi, NY :. ©2001.

Where images become imbued with time :
ISBN: 0972433961. OCLC Number:

Puddin'head Press,. Chicago :. 2007.

Lake Michigan and other poems /
ISBN: 0972433945. OCLC Number:

Puddin'head Press,. Chicago, IL :. 2005.

The graves grow bigger between generations :
ISBN: 0977655687. OCLC Number:

Higganum Hill Books,. Higganum, Conn. :. 2007



Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes, contact author.