About & Past Posts

If you hover over the button for this page, it’s a list of past posts.

I’m an educator, graduate student, writer, and someone who wonders. By writing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and arranging others’ stories into scripts for verbatim theater, I’m looking for the places we meet. I think we do meet, more than we sometimes remember. For me being a writer is a lot like being a friend, being a teacher means being a student, and the only way I know how to do any of those is to keep learning from and with the people around me. And to celebrate. After all, there’s a sky outside, and we met in you reading this. I hope sometime to hear something back from you.

I live in Urbana, Illinois where I’m completing an MFA in Fiction at UIUC and starting a doctoral program. Before that I bounced around California, India, and Oklahoma while teaching Creative Writing, English Literature, and Theater for nine years. The picture of the footprints we leave behind is a gift from my brother.

Azlan Smith


One thought on “About & Past Posts

  1. Mr. Smith,
    I’ve heard I have you to thank for one of my Christmas gifts: collected poems of Ursula K Leguin. Jake, my grandson, said he asked for a recommendation. I’m a bit late to the Leguin party, but I’m enjoying it now. Many thanks.
    Jane Vincent Taylor


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