Jessica Smith is a teacher, librarian and writer. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in Comparative Literature and Poetics and M.L.S. at SUNY Buffalo and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Miami University of Ohio. She has taught for 11 years, including English Composition, German, Poetry, and literature survey classes in grades 4k-12 and college. In addition to working as a high school and public librarian, she has archived for the University at Buffalo Poetry Collection, the Mandeville Special Collections Library, and Internet Archive (for New York Public Library), for a total of 10 years of library experience. Smith's creative work includes poetry books Organic Furniture Cellar, Life-List, How to Know the Flowers, and multiple chapbooks; she founded name and Foursquare magazines and Coven Press and curated the Indian Springs School Visiting Writers Series and the Treehouse Reading Series at Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest. She currently teaches at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
B.A. summa cum laude, English and Comparative Literature, SUNY Buffalo, 2002
M.A., Comparative Literature, SUNY Buffalo, 2005 (thesis)​​​​​​​
M.L.S. (Library Science), SUNY Buffalo, 2010
M.F.A., Creative Writing, Miami University, 2019
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