University of Iowa

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith received his M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his Ph.D. from Princeton University. An Iowa Arts Fellow, he is the recipient of the Provost Postgraduate Visiting Fellowship in Fiction at The University of Iowa, the Steinbeck Fellowship at San José State University, and the Chateaubriand Fellowship. His work has appeared in The Sun, Alimentum, The Lambda Book Report, The Redwood Coast Review, and elsewhere. Writing prizes include the Power of Purpose Award, the Arch and Bruce Brown Award, and the Carl Cherry Center Award. He has taught at the University of Washington, The George Washington University, Université de Bordeaux III, and The University of Iowa. Kevin is also a certified instructor of Tai Chi. He is currently at work on his first novel and lives in Iowa City with his husband and their cat, Joshua.

Instructor Events

Weeklong June 14 to June 19 2020
Instructor(s): 
Kevin Smith

“Tell all the truth but tell it slant,” Emily Dickinson wrote. In this workshop, we will take inspiration from Dickinson’s poem and tell it queer, reading examples by writers who illuminate queer experience of all kinds, and writing queer stories of our own. No longer in the shadows or margins, when we enter a safe space of telling it queer, we release our creativity to bend language into a personal and collective instrument of witness and truth—“The Truth’s superb surprise,” as Dickinson says.

Weekend June 27 to June 28 2020
Instructor(s): 
Kevin Smith

A green meadow bursting with fragrance, the electricity of a crowded sidewalk, a somber room weighed down by old furniture: when we craft a setting, we create a place that both reflects and shapes our characters’ lives. Setting is rooted in point of view, but how do we use the power of setting to write about the places most close to our hearts?