Lytton Smith

Professor of Poetry
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 courses typically focus on the craft and social role of poetry, including Ecopoetics and Justice, Poetry and the Border, and 20th/21st Century Black Poetry Books.

He is the author of five published poetry collections including The Square (New Michigan Press, 2021), While You Were Approaching the Spectacle But Before You Were Transformed By It (Nightboat Books, 2013) and The All-Purpose Magical Tent (Nightboat Books, 2009). In addition to publishing his own work, he has also translated twelve novels and works of nonfiction from the Icelandic. He is a 2019 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship.


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  • CMRD 101: Rdg: Artificial Intelligence

    This course requires students to read and analyze a book selected as the year’s “common reading.” Course assignments connect with other curricular and co-curricular learning opportunities and require weekly brief responses or applications of the reading.

  • ENGL 207: Wrtg: Translating Literature

    The course uses creative writing as a way for students to engage directly with contemporary global challenges. Texts include a diverse range of authors and artists from different parts of the world, and the focus is on the various ways that these texts enable students to think critically and self-reflectively about local and global networks, systems. Guided practice in creative writing that focuses on contemporary global challenges will enable students to apply global perspectives in addressing challenges and solving problems.

  • ENGL 403: Poetry:AI & Prompt Engineering

    Advanced study of poetry focusing on in depth analysis of a topic, issue, genre feature, or single or small group of authors. Course requirements include substantial reading and engagement of relevant critical and theoretical writings. (May be taken twice for credit under different subtitles.) Prerequisites: ENGL 203 or permission of instructor.