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Local Poet Janet Smith Wins Prestigious Award

Posted on August 12, 2013
Filed Under Lake Tahoe Truckee Writers

South Lake Tahoe poet and LTCC English faculty Janet Smith has won the 2013 Guy Owen Prize for her poem “The Children’s Section.” The poem, for which Smith received $1000, will appear in the fall issue of the “Southern Poetry Review.”

Poet Arthur Smith chose the poem from a short list of finalists. “The subject matter, the reading experience in childhood, could have been easily sentimentalized, but the poet consistently pulls back from that with an even more powerful detail which sees into the heart of the creation of the imagination,” he said.

For more information about the prize, visit southernpoetryreview.org.Longtime Meyers resident Smith published her first collection, “All of a Sudden Nothing Happened,” in 2010 and it is available locally at Bona Fide Books and online. She is working on her second collection, which is concerned with themes of loss and the natural world.

Janet Smith grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California and St. Paul, Minnesota. At 18, she moved to Yosemite National Park and worked as a waitress and a bartender until her mid-thirties, when she returned to Minnesota to begin college. At the University of Minnesota she earned a B.A. in English summa cum laude and a M.F.A. in creative writing. The month she graduated, she moved to Carson City, Nevada. She is a faculty member in the English Department at Lake Tahoe Community College. She received an artist fellowship from the Nevada Arts Council in 2002.

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