Frederick Smock, MA

Professor of English
Director of Creative Writing
M.A., University of Louisville, 1978
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Frederick Smock took his B.A. at Georgetown College, and his M.A. at the University of Louisville. He also did post-graduate study at the University of Arizona. He specializes in Modernism, 20th Century American Poetry, and Creative Writing. He has also taught classes on Poetry of Witness, Peace Studies, and British World War One Poets, and has taught in the KIIS Denmark Summer Program. He is the author of five collections of poetry: Gardencourt (Larkspur Press, 1997), The Good Life (Larkspur Press, 2000), Guest House (Larkspur Press, 2003), The Blue Hour (Larkspur Press, 2010) and, most recently, The Bounteous World (Broadstone Books, 2013). His books of prose include Poetry & Compassion: Essays on Art & Craft (Wind Publications, 2006), Pax Intrantibus: A Meditation on the Poetry of Thomas Merton (Broadstone Books, 2007), and Craft-talk: On Writing Poetry (Wind Publications, 2008).

His work has appeared in many of the leading journals of the day: The Iowa Review, The Hudson Review, The Southern Review, Poetry (Chicago), Arts & Letters, Poetry East, The Antioch Review, Notre Dame Review, Ars-Interpres (Sweden), The Georgetown Review, Olivier (Argentina), Russkya-Misla (Russia), and many others. Professor Smock is the recipient of the 2005 Wilson Wyatt Faculty Award at Bellarmine University, the Al Smith Fellowship in Poetry from the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Jim Wayne Miller Prize for Poetry from Western Kentucky University. His book reviews and literary op-ed pieces appear regularly in the local newspaper, The Courier-Journal.

Mr. Smock was the Kentucky Poet Laureate from 2017-2018. He serves as the advisor for Ariel, Bellarmine’s Literary Magazine.