I was looking up information about Austin Smith and flipping through his poems when I noticed he is a “Wallace Stegner Fellow” in fiction at Stanford University. I had absolutely no clue what that was or if it was a job or a scholarship or how it worked, so, I’m unsure how many of you noticed that or knew what it was, but it caught my eye and made me curious!
Smith’s poems are really unique, and like many in the class, they are relatable because we’ve grown up here in the Midwest, and many of us have lived on farms or have been to them–therefore the poems are very relatable and vivid. Though the subject of farming is what I would normally shy away from, I really have enjoyed Smith’s style and how unique his poetry is compared to many things I’ve read over.
Here’s a link explaining more about the Wallace Stegner Fellow(ship) that is offered at Stanford.
The more I look into Smith’s work, I think it makes complete sense that he was awarded this opportunity due to his unique style. I think he really contributes something new and refreshing to contemporary poetry.