Poet Austin Smith Featured At Upcoming Loras Virtual Event

Austin Smith

The Loras College Language & Literature Department will host poet Austin Smith for a Zoom reading of his poetry on Thursday, October 22, at 7 p.m.  Contact Kevin Koch, Professor of English, at kevin.koch@loras.edu to obtain the Zoom link.

Austin was born on a family dairy farm in northwestern Illinois. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, Yale Review, Sewanee Review, Threepenny Review, New England Review, and many other publications. His two collections, Almanac and Flyover Country, were published through the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets.  

Austin is a member of the Black Earth Institute, a progressive think-tank dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society. He teaches at Stanford University. 

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).