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March 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NATCHITOCHES – Poet Genaro Ky-Ly Smith will present a reading at Northwestern State University Thursday, March 12 at 6 p.m. in the Thomas-D’Amato Reading Room in Watson Library. Admission is free and open to public.
Smith is a faculty member at Louisiana Tech. His new book of poems, “The Land Baron’s Sun: The Story of Ly Loc and His Seven Wives,” published by the University of Louisiana – Lafayette press is based on the life of his Vietnamese grandfather who had seven wives (at once). Smith will give a reading followed by a question and answer session and book signing.
A native of Nha Trang, Vietnam, Smith earned a B.A. in English from California State University, Northridge in 1993. He later earned an M.A. and M.F.A. in creative writing from McNeese State University in 1999.
His other works have been published in Crab Orchard Review, Xavier Review, Pembroke, Northridge Review, Amerasia Journal (UCLA), turnrow (University of Louisiana at Monroe), Scene Magazine, dis-Orient, Christmas Stories from Louisiana (UP of Mississippi), Gumbo: An Anthology of African American Writing (Doubleday/Broadway Books), Kartika Review, Asian American Literary Review and Blue Lyra Review.
Recently, he received the ATLAS grant by the Louisiana Board of Regents. He earned first place in the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Fellowship competition, received both the Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist Fellowship and mini-grant, second place in the Poets & Writers Exchange Program and second place for his short story “Dailies” in 2008 from the Santa Fe Writers Program.
He has taught literature, composition, and creative writing at Louisiana Tech since 1999.