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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 the Advanced Poetry Workshop, NeuWrite: Creative Science Writing (co-taught with Dr. Olympia Nicodemi from Mathematics), and Writing and Knowing the Land: Abroad in Iceland (co-taught with Dr. Nick Warner from Geological Sciences), among others. 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.



  • BLKS 288: Exp:Decolonizing Acad Success
  • ENGL 301: AdvPoetryWrkshp:Future Poetics

    A practical course in the writing of poetry, using student assignments in the genre as a central means in discussions both in class sessions and individual conferences with the instructor. Admission is by permission of instructor following acceptance in the prior semester. Special registration procedures are handled by the department. (May be taken twice for credit under different subtitles). Prerequisites: ENGL 201 and permission of instructor. Credits: 4(4-0) Offered every semester.

  • IARL 288: Exp:Community Responsive Learn