Bellarmine University poet-in-residence Frederick Smock is putting a number of his talents on public display in the coming weeks. His new book of poems, Sonnets, is being published by Finishing Line Press this month. To mark the occasion, he will give a reading at Carmichael’s Bookstore (2720 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville) on Saturday, September 16, at 4 p.m.
Smock also is a painter, and his new one-man show will open at Bellarmine’s McGrath Gallery on Friday, Sept. 8 with a reception from 5-7 p.m. The show, titled “Horizons,” will run through the end of September.
Smock is the author of numerous other books, including Poetry & Compassion: Essays on Art and Craft (Wind) and the forthcoming Pax Intrantibus: A Meditation on the Poetry of Thomas Merton (Broadstone Books). His work has appeared in the leading journals of the day – Poetry, The Iowa Review, The Southern Review, and others. Poems from Smock’s new book have appeared in Poetry East, Shenandoah, and The Notre Dame Review, among others.
As a painter, Smock’s medium is acrylic on canvas. He has had previous one-man shows at ArtBeat Gallery, Emoda Gallery, and the Morrison Gallery at Elizabethtown Community College.
Smock has received the Jim Wayne Miller Prize for Poetry, the Leadingham Poetry Prize, and the Al Smith Fellowship in Poetry from the Kentucky Arts Council. He also received the Wyatt Faculty Award at Bellarmine University in 2005.