Evan Lavender-Smith

evan lavender smith photoBackground and Education:

Evan Lavender-Smith was born in Iowa and raised in New Mexico. He received an BA in English from the University of California at Berkeley in 1999 and an MFA in fiction from New Mexico State University in 2004. 

Publications: He is the author of a hybrid-genre work, From Old Notebooks, which was a NewPages Noteworthy Book, a Small Press Distribution Recommended Book, a finalist for the Fence Modern Poets Series, and was named a best book of the year by Biblioklept, HTML Giant, Dzanc Books, 32 Poems and others.

He is also the author of a short novel, Avatar, a Small Press Distribution Bestseller. His fiction has appeared in periodicals such as BOMB, The White Review, Hobart, Arts & Letters, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, The Offing and The Toast. His co-translation of Chilean poet Pablo de Rokha’s “Canto del macho anciano” was recently included in Pinholes in the Night: Essential Poems from Latin America.

Teaching and Professional Experience:

His recent courses include graduate and undergraduate fiction workshops and seminars on narrative theory and contemporary fiction. He is a founding editor of Noemi Press, an independent publisher of innovative poetry and fiction, and the Editor-in-Chief of Puerto del Sol, the literary journal of the MFA program at New Mexico State. He has recently served as a visiting writer at the University of California at San Diego, Columbia College Chicago, and Brown University. 

Author website: www.el-s.net

Contact: elavende@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2603

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