Poetry. Winner of the 2007 Nightboat Poetry Prize chosen by Terrance Hayes. Lytton Smith was born in Galleywood, England, and lives in NYC. His work has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, The Atlantic, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, and Verse. A chapbook, Monster Theory, was published by the Poetry Society of America in 2008, selected by Kevin Young. He helps run Blind Tiger Poets, an organization to promote contemporary poetry, and Mystery Bench Press. He received an MFA from Columbia University. Lytton is named for Edward Bulwer-Lytton, the Victorian novelist who first coined the novel opening, "It was a dark and stormy night."
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Lytton Smith is the author of WHILE YOU WERE APPROACHING THE SPECTABLE BUT BEFORE YOU WERE TRANSFORMED BY IT (Nightboat Books, 2013) and THE ALL-PURPOSE MAGICAL TENT (Nightboat Books, 2009), which won the Nightboat Poetry Books Poetry Prize. He's also the translator of several books from the Icelandic. The novel Öræfi—The Wastelands, from the Icelandic of Ófeigur Sigurðsson, was published by Deep Vellum in 2018. He is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at SUNY Geneseo.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA