Bruce Smith (poet) – biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

IntroPoet, educator
Is Poet 
From United States of America 
Type Literature 
Birth 14 December 1946, Philadelphia
Age:73 years

Bruce Smith (born 1946) is an American poet.


Smith was born and raised in Philadelphia. He has since taught at the University of Alabama, and now teaches at Syracuse University. He has been a co-editor of the Graham House Review and a contributing editor of Born Magazine.


  • “Discovery”/The Nation Award winner
  • 2000 Guggenheim Fellowship
  • National Endowment for the Arts grant
  • Massachusetts Foundation for the Arts grant
  • 1984 National Poetry Series Selection, for Silver and Information
  • National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Other Lover
  • National Book Award finalist for Devotions
  • 2012 William Carlos Williams Award presented by the Poetry Society of America


  • The Common Wages. Sheep Meadow Press. 1983. ISBN 978-0-935296-42-6. 
  • Silver and Information. University of Georgia Press. December 1985. ISBN 978-0-8203-0762-6. 
  • Mercy Seat. University of Chicago Press. 1994. ISBN 978-0-226-76405-4. 
  • The Other Lover. University of Chicago Press. 2000. ISBN 978-0-226-76408-5. 
  • Songs for Two Voices. University of Chicago Press. April 2005. ISBN 978-0-226-76455-9. 
  • Devotions. University of Chicago Press. April 15, 2011. ISBN 978-0226764351. 


  • Yusef Komunyakaa, David Lehman, eds. (2003). The Best American Poetry 2003. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-0388-3.  CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  • Lyn Hejinian, David Lehman, eds. (2004). “Song of the Ransom of the Dark”. The best American poetry, 2004. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-5757-2.  CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  • 2009 Pushcart Prize anthology