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 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, The Square (New Michigan Press) was published in the spring of 2021. 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 and works of nonfiction 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.
ENGL 301: AdvPoetryWk: Of Trees
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.
Towards an Inclusive Classroom
- I teach a course called "Decolonizing Academic Success" which aims to explore collaborative ways to learn and to achieve structural changes; some reading resources are at this link.
- I participate in the Creative Writing faculty's reading groups around inclusivity in pedagogy, including reading such texts as Felicia Rose Chavez’s The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom and Janelle Adsit’s Toward an Inclusive Creative Writing Threshold Concepts to Guide the Literary Writing Curriculum