Dr Simon Smith

School of English - Reader in Creative Writing

Simon Smith is a poet, translator and essayist. He worked at The Poetry Library on the fifth floor of The Royal Festival Hall in London from 1991-2007, and was its Librarian from 2003 until 2007. He taught Creative Writing at London South Bank University where he devised and led the BA and MA, and at the Open University. He has taught at the University of Kent since 2006.

Nine full-length collections have appeared: Fifteen ExitsReverdy RoadMercuryLondon Bridge11781 W. Sunset BoulevardMore Flowers Than You Could Possibly Carry: Selected Poems 1989-2012Day In, Day Outsome Municipal Love Poems and The Books of Catullus.

‘Simon Smith’s writing forges English language poetry out of the translated utterance, London Bridge, [fixes] itself not to place but to the questions of crossing.’
The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry, edited by Peter Robinson