Michael Smith, "And There Was Evening and There Was Morning"
Michael Smith, And There Was Evening and There Was Morning
Wednesday, December 13, 7pm
A moving nonfiction debut by Mississippi Delta poet Mike Smith, this memoir-in-essays, And There Was Evening and There Was Morning, documents the strange parallels between the illness of the author's first wife and his stepdaughter's similar battle the year his second marriage began, examining blended families, remarriage, grief, and the influence of spirituality upon loss.
Tony D'Souza calls Smith "a reflective and precise writer, [who] invites us to walk each step with him as his heart is annihilated." Beth Ann Fennelly, author of Heating & Cooling, says, "What a gift Mike Smith has given us... His prose is nuanced, his voice considered and considerate, his wisdom hard-earned but never bitter. There is beauty and solace here and gorgeous imagery. Smith has written a book for all of us who are dying--which is to say, all of us who are living, and our lives will be the better for having read it." Julianna Baggott's writes: "What I love most is that this isn't a book about learning to let go but instead learning that the heart can expand to hold more love..."
Mike Smith is Director of the Honors Program at Delta State University. He has published three collections of poetry and two works of translation. His version of Goethe’s Faust was published by Shearsman Books in 2012 and he is co-editor of the anthology, Contemporary Chinese Short-Shorts in Translation, forthcoming from Columbia University Press (October 2017). His memoir, And There Was Evening and There Was Morning will be published by Wtaw Press in Sept. He lives in Cleveland, Mississippi, but you can visit him anytime at mikesmithmultiverse.wordpress.com.