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User:Michael Dwayne Smith
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Michael Dwayne Smith proudly owns and operates one of the English-speaking world’s most unusual names.
His poetry appears at Word Riot, BLIP, Pirene’s Fountain, Right Hand Pointing, Short Fast & Deadly, Orion headless, Phantom Kangaroo, Camel Saloon, Quantum Poetry Magazine, Eunoia Review, Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Mosaic, Mojave, Four and Twenty, Sonoma Peace Press, and other mysterious locations. He is a past recipient of the Hinderaker Prize in poetry.
His fiction materializes at >kill author, Monkeybicycle, Northville Review, Inlandia, Red Fez, Fiction365, Rusty Nail, and Mosaic, among other haunts. He is a past recipient of the Polonsky Prize in fiction.
Michael lives in a desert town with his wife, son, and rescued animals—all of whom talk in their sleep. He’s a community college professor and statewide union organizer. Public education and workers' rights are part of his core beliefs. He produces local readings and concerts, featuring writers such as Meg Pokrass, Jacqueline Moore, and Sheika Lugtu, as well as bands like Tha Monkey House, Subvert! and Phantom Other. Plus, there's the amateur photography thing.
A high school drop-out who didn't take college classes until thirty years old, he earned his B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside and his M.A. in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. He's been privileged to study and work with masters such as poets Maurya Simon and Judy Kronenfeld, novelists Stephen Minot and Susan Straight, Apple education director Sue Talley, and online teaching guru Dr. Linda Polin.
Michael worked as an aspiring muralist during his teens, idealizing Diego Rivera and Roger Dean. Alas, his first marriage at too young an age persuaded him to instead pursue a more regular family income. Prior to (and during) his career of more than twenty years in higher education, he's worked in finance, construction, business publishing, business/education training, website development, education administration, and digital audio production for comedy and radio theater on the web.
His early artistic influences include: John Steinbeck, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Firesign Theatre, The Marx Brothers, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Mark Murphy, Walt Whitman, T.S. Eliot, Marianne Moore, Jack Kerouac, Tom Robbins, Judith Freeman, Charles Bukowski, Margaret Atwood, Ingrid Bergman, Bob and Ray, Miles Davis, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Durrell, Pablo Neruda, Julio Cortazar, and Larry Levis.