Lytton Smith

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 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.


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  • ENGL 114: Sust & Lit: Black Ecopoetics

    The course focuses on literary studies and sustainability. Literature and other cultural productions (e.g., films, novels, poetry, nature writing) provide an opportunity for students to engage with and reflect on the environmental, economic, and social dimensions of sustainability, how these dimensions relate to each other, and how they shape our changing planet.

  • ENGL 203: Rdr&Text:The Black Poetry Book

    An introduction to the discipline of English through the study of particular topics, issues, genres, or authors. Subtitles of "Reader and Text" help students develop a working vocabulary for analyzing texts and relating texts to contexts; understand the theoretical questions that inform all critical conversations about textual meaning and value; and participate competently, as writers, in the ongoing conversation about texts and theory that constitutes English as a field of study.

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