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Lytton Smith

Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing
Welles 230

Lytton Smith received his Ph.D. and M.F.A. from Columbia University and has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2014; he is a member of the Creative Writing and Black Studies faculties. He often teaches Advanced Poetry Workshop, 20th-Century Black Poetry Books, NeuWrite: Creative Science Writing, Art Talks, and Writing and Knowing the Land: Abroad in Iceland (co-taught with Dr. Nick Warner from the geology department), among others. He serves on the Red Hook Advisory Board and teaches a summer course in Brooklyn called Writing in Place. He is the author of three published poetry collections. His most recent, My Radar Data Knows Its Thing (Foundlings Press) was published in the spring of 2018. He also published While You Were Approaching the Spectacle But Before You Were Transformed By It (Nightboat Books) and The All-Purpose Magical Tent (Nightboat Books). In addition to publishing his own work, he has also translated several novels from the Icelandic. He is a 2019 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship. He is Director of the Center of Integrative Learning at SUNY Geneseo.

Smith currently co-organizes Campus Canvas, a week-long artistic showcase, and coordinates the Genesee Valley Peace Poetry Contest and directs the Geneseo Literary Forum; he also founded National Book Review Month.


  • INTD 308: NeuWrite:CollaborativeSci Wr I

    This course, linked to Collaborative Science Writing II, sees students investigate creative ways to communicate scientific research. Students will work in collaborative pairs to produce a creative nonfiction science essay for a popular audience. Students will learn skills useful to grant writing, science reviewing, and revision while deepening their understanding of both scientific research and creative writing. Students are required to also take Collaborative Science Writing II. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Co-requisites: INTD 309. Credits: 1 (1-0) Offered every fall.

  • XLRN 188: Experimental:Social Change NY