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Doug Smith

Poet, Novelist, and Partisan

A Bit About the Author

Douglas Smith is the author of Social Work and Other Myths, published in 2019, by Orchard Street Press, and is the co-editor of In Drought Time: Scenes From Rural and Small Town Life, an anthology of art and poetry published in 2005 by Mayapple Press. He was a finalist in the 2016 Mudfish Magazine and the 2017 New Guard Knightville Poetry contests. He was also a semi-finalist in the 2016 Concrete Wolf Press poetry book competition. Smith has been a social worker and community organizer for many years.  

His poetry has been published in Third Wednesday, Sheila-Na-Gig, Caesura, Mudfish, Slant, Last Call: An Anthology of Wine, Beer, and Spirits, published by World Enough Writers and The Orchard Street Press 2018 Journal, Quiet Diamonds. In April, 2019, Orchard Street Press published Social Work and Other Myths, his first book of his own poetry. Smith recently finished writing a novel set in Detroit during the 1980s, when he was a tenant organizer in the Cass Corridor. He lives with his family on twenty acres of woods, wetland, and prairie in Sylvan Township, Michigan.

What People are Saying

Keith Taylor

Poet, Critic, and Author of The Bird While

Author, Doug Smith, has done the work: fed the hungry and housed the homeless without any great hope that he can do much good, without any certainty of his own motivations. But the poems sing and they remember, clearly, and with such compassion.

M. L. Liebler

Author and Co-founder of the Midwest Literary walk

Social Work & Other Myths, is an insightful and very realistic journey into the heart of darkness that we call contemporary America. Doug Smith’s poems shine a light on the cruelty of our society and, yet offers hope to nourish our souls.

Brian Cox

Award winning Michigan playwright

Social Work and Other Myths is a poignant expression of compassion. These poems beseech us to identify with the humanity in the desperate, the afflicted, the abandoned, the evicted and the exiled.

Long Shadows Go Out from the Bales, Elaine Wilson ​

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