Monday, January 29, 2007

Jared Smith

Chicago Poet Jared Smith, who recently had an essay on being a poet in Greenwich Village in the 70’s in the Wilderness House Literary Review will be reading At Bunker Hill Community College Feb. 8 2006 Reading Starts at 1pM Jared will be interviewed by The Somerville News arts/editor the following day.


Jared Smith’s sixth volume of poetry, Where Images Become Imbued With Time, will be published by Puddin’head Press this spring. His previous five volumes include: Lake Michigan And Other Poems, (Puddin’head Press, Chicago, 2005): Walking The Perimeters Of The Plate Glass Window Factory (Birch Brook Press, New York, 2001;) Keeping The Outlaw Alive (Erie Street Press, Oak Park, IL, 1988;) Dark Wing (Charred Norton Publishing, Camillus, NY, 1984;) and Song Of The Blood (The Smith Press, New York, 1983.) His CD, Seven Minutes Before The Bombs Drop can be downloaded from i-Tunes, e-Music, or any digital download service worldwide. It is from ArtVilla Records. A new CD with alternative blues musician Lem Roby is forthcoming later this year.

Hundreds of his poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in literary journals over the past 30 years, including in The Smith, Small Press Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Poet Lore, The Iconoclast, New York Quarterly, Rhino, Illinois Review, The Pedestal, Bitter Oleander, Bitterroot, and many many others. His work has also been adapted to modern dance at New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and to stage in Naperville. He has given readings and workshops at libraries, universities, coffee shops, and other venues in numerous states.

Jared is a member of The Advisory Board for The New York Quarterly Literary Review, and Poetry Editor for Trail & Timberline, official journal of The Colorado Mountain Club. He is a member of The Academy of American Poets; immediate past president of Poets & Patrons; The Chicago Poets’ Club; and the Illinois State Poetry Society. He is listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who In America, among other reference volumes. He is a former associate Director of Education and Research at Institute of Gas Technology, and a former Special Appointee to Argonne National Laboratory, as well as a past adviser on technology and policy to The White House Commission on Critical Infrastructure Assurance under President Clinton.

The reading and discussion run from 1 PM until 2:15 on Thursday February 8th at Bunker Hill Community College, in the Art Gallery outside the A-300 Auditorium at 250 New Rutherford Avenue. The event is free. I'll be reading for about 40 minutes from my last two collections as well as the upcoming one, and then talking with folks and responding to questions for another 25 minutes or so.

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