Area Author Publishes Book of Meditations

EachMomentCoverSmallHuron, Ohio – March Street Press of North Carolina has announced the release of a new book of poems by noted Ohio author and Bowling Green State University Firelands College Professor Emeritus Larry Smith.  Each Moment All features meditation poems and is Smith’s ninth book of poetry.

“The poems in this book are from the last five years and attempt to record and celebrate those quiet moments of reflection and contemplation I have been practicing in meditation for decades,” said Smith.  

According to poet and critic Mark S. Kuhar, Each Moment All describes “life’s constant and precious things–sunrises, birds, gardens, breakfasts, dogs, front porches, and back yards.  Teachers and poets.  Parents and children.  Those things that do not go away.  Here is the conscious realization of all of them together as one in a personal matrix as simple and pure as the music of the moon.”

Smith was raised in the industrial Ohio River Valley and has taught at BGSU Firelands since 1971.  He is a graduate of Muskingum College and Kent State University and is the author of five books of fiction and nine books of poetry, including Tu Fu Comes to America (March Street Press 2010).  His most recent novel is The Free Farm in the Appalachian Writing Series (Bottom Dog Press 2011).  Smith also co-edited America Zen: A Gathering of Poets and has done two books translations of Chinese Zen writing with Mei Hui Huang.  He and his wife Ann are two of the co-founders of Converging Paths Meditation Center in Sandusky, Ohio.

Smith directs the Firelands Writing Center at BGSU Firelands and has received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council and a Fulbright Lectureship in American Literature to Italy. He is a requested speaker on Zen Buddhist writings, American romantic writers, creative writing, publishing, and working-class literature.

The author will be doing a series of book signings and readings throughout the state including ArtSeen, Vermilion, on July 11 at 7 p.m. as part of a Tranquil Space Gathering.  He will also be at Sips Café and Deli in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and reading at CloudWater Zendo, Cleveland, in late July.

The book is available from the publisher at http://www.marchstreetpress.com and at area and on-line bookstores.