Red Dragonfly Press

Thomas R. Smith is an internationally published poet, essayist, editor, and teacher. His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies in the U.S., Canada, and abroad. Garrison Keillor has featured his poetry on his national public radio show Writer’s Almanac and former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser has selected his poems for his syndicated column, American Life in Poetry.


He is author of six previous books of poems, Keeping the Star (New Rivers Press, 1988), Horse of Earth (Holy Cow! Press, 1994), The Dark Indigo Current (Holy Cow! Press, 2000), Winter Hours (Red Dragonfly Press, 2005), Waking Before Dawn (Red Dragonfly Press, 2007), and The Foot of the Rainbow (Red Dragonfly Press, 2010).


He has also edited several books, most recently Airmail:  The Letters of Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer (Graywolf Press, 2013).  He teaches poetry at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and regularly posts poems and essays on his web site at