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Gregory Smith

Gregory Smith

  • Lloyd P. Johnson-Norwest Professor of English and the Liberal Arts, English


I'm a fiction writer who teaches classes in creative writing and modern literature.I'm the author of three novels, The Madonna of Las Vegas, The Devil in the Dooryard and The Divine Comedy of John Venner, which was selected as a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times.   A recent short story collection, The Law of Miracles, won the 2010 Juniper Prize and the 2011 Minnesota Book Award for fiction. 

Education & Professional History

I attended Bowdoin College for my undergraduate degree and the Iowa Writers' Workshop for my MFA.  I've been teaching at Carleton since 1987.

Highlights & Recent Activity

I'm currently working on a new novel, "The Maze at Windermere," which is set over four centuries in Newport, Rhode Island.  It's been a lot of fun to write--I get to inhabit the voices of a 15-year-old Quaker girl in the 17th-century, a British officer during the 1778 occupation of Newport, a 20-year-old Henry James spying on the beau monde at the resort hotels, and a Gilded Age gay man trying to get married before his money (and his good looks) run out.

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Profile updated July 20, 2013

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