Harry Smith

Harry Smith

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Harry Smith, 1936-2012, was a poet, publisher, literary activist and a supporter of the independent press for decades.  Educated at Brown University, Smith first became known in the small press world as the founder of The Smith, a literary magazine and journal of experimental writing that was in publication from 1964 to 1974.   Later he established a second magazine, Pulpsmith. From 1968-1980, Smith edited The Newsletter (On the State of the Culture), which reported on both mainstream and underground publishing scenes. He was a founding editor (along with Anaïs Nin, Buckminster Fuller, Hugh Fox, Ishmael Reed, Joyce Carol Oates, Len Fulton, et al.) of the annual Pushcart Prize for small press writing. He also was a founder and twice Chair of the nation’s first small press trade association, COSMEP.  Following the publication of his epic poem, Trinity, he was awarded PEN’s 1976 Medwick Award for: ‘his poetry, his commitment to human values, and his achievements as an editor.’   Smith created a literary foundation, The Generalist Association, Inc., which sponsored non-commercial publishing and many outside activities, such as the New York Book Fair. In 1993, he received the Small Press Center’s Poor Richard Award for lifetime achievement. He was the author of 13 published books of poetry and three books of collected essays, and his work appeared frequently in numerous literary magazines.

Up North (w/ Eric Greinke)
Little Things

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