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"He will be compared to Sandburg and Whitman...readers will see his spiritual kinship to C.K. Williams and compare his work favorably." --Harry Smith (Publisher, The Smith, NY.) "Smith's work, carefully read and meditated on, is a course in cosmic-personal sanity." --Hugh Fox


Background Information

Jared Smith's 9th critically acclaimed volume of poetry, Grassroots, was released by Wind Publications (KY) in the fall of 2010. His other volumes include: Looking Into the Machinery: The Selected Longer Poems of Jared Smith (Tamarack Editions, PA, 2010); The Graves Grow Bigger Between Generations )Higganum Hill Books, CT, 2008); Where Images Become Imbued With Time (Puddin'head Press, Chicago, 2007); 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 (Chicago, 1987); Dark Wing (Charred Norton Publishing, New York 1984); and Song Of The Blood (The Smith, New York, 1983). He has also edited six volumes in the applied sciences.

Jared Smith has been a significant player in both contemporary poetry and scientific research and development. His degrees include a BA in Literature (with Honors) and MA in American Literature and Poetry from New York University.
While there, he studied under M.L. Rosenthal, Robert Hazel, and William Packard.

Beginning in the early 1970s, hundreds of his poems, literary commentaries, and essays have appeared in literary magazines around the country, as well as being adapted to stage at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and in the Chicago suburbs.

His writing has been heavily influenced by a high level career as educator, researcher, and executive in the energy and, telecommunications industries. Starting as consultant and then executive to The Energy Bureau, a private consulting firm in New York, he was recruited to be Manager and then Associate Director of both the Education and Research Divisions at IGT, one of the largest private laboratories in the country. While there, from 1986 to 1999, he partnered with many branches of the federal government, as well as many academic institutions, in addition to advising White House Commissions and the Department of Defense on both technology and Policy issues. After leaving IGT, he served as a Special Appointee to Argonne National Laboratory.

At the same time, he was active in the literary community, serving first as a screening committee member and then an Advisory Board Member for The New York Quarterly under William Packard and then Raymond Hammond; coordinator of readings at both Cafe Feenjon and Basement Coffee House in New York's Greenwich Village; member of The Academy of American Poets, Illinois State Poetry Society, and Chicago Poets Club; President of Poets & Patrons in Chicago; and Poetry Editor of Trail & Timberline, the official journal of The Colorado Mountain Club.


Birth Place
Cleveland, OH 
Accomplishments

Jared Smith is listed in Marquis' Who's Who in America and other major reference works. Two Pushcart nominations. Critics and poets who have praised his work in writing include: Ted Kooser, Harry Smith, Hugh Fox, Walter James Miller, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, William Packard, Andrew Glaze, and others. This is an unusual combination of "academic" and "non-academic" writers--but he does not seem to belong to any one stylistic school.

Additional Information

Jared Smith's 9th volume, Grassroots, has just been released in the fall of 2010 by Wind Publications in Kentucky. His 8th volume, Looking Into the Machinery: The Selected Longer Poems of Jared Smith, was released by Tamarack Editions in Pennsylvania in the spring of 2010.

Contact Information

2312 Eagles Nest Drive 
Lafayette CO 80026  
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