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Charlie Smith

Charlie Smith is the author of seven previous poetry collections, seven novels, and a book of novellas. He has won the Aga Khan Prize, the Levinson Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His first book, Red Roads, was chosen for the National Poetry Series and received the Great Lakes New Poets Award. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, Harper’s, New Republic, Nation, the New York Times, and elsewhere. Three of his novels have been named New York Times Notable Books. He lives in New York City and Key West, Florida.

Books by Charlie Smith

  1. Book CoverBefore and After: Poems


    As both poet and novelist, Charlie Smith has been hailed as "prodigiously talented" by the New York Times, and Madison Smartt Bell describes him as "a spectacular stylist" and "a visionary."More

  2. Book CoverHeroin: And Other Poems


    A new collection of poetry from Charlie Smith, whose work Lorrie Moore has called "appallingly brilliant."More

  3. Book CoverIndistinguishable from the Darkness


    “Who but a poet in joy of himself can write of the discordant facts to make of them a dance of words across the page. He offers no resolution, no turning of things right side up, except to address them gallantly, with style, in entertainment of the facts. Here is a generosity with life and because of it a poet, Charlie Smith, richly gifted.” —David IgnatowMore

  4. Book CoverJump Soul: New and Selected Poems


    A stunning collection from a poet who “writes with a scalding aortal brilliance that leaves the reader drunk on dream” (New York Times Book Review).More

  5. Book CoverThe Palms


    “…Smith sets beautiful language against a stark human landscape…and a natural world of light, wind, and blossoms….[He] shows us his power without seeming to try—one mark of a major poet.” —Publishers WeeklyMore

  6. Book CoverWomen of America: Poems


    "Seldom have loss, anger, and self-loathing been so cutting or vividly portrayed."--Library JournalMore

  7. Book CoverWord Comix: Poems


    “Smith writes with a scalding aortal brilliance that leaves the reader drunk on dream.”—New York Times Book ReviewMore