Bruce Smith was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the author of seven books of poems, The Common Wages, Silver and Information, Mercy Seat, The Other Lover, which was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, Songs for Two Voices, Devotions, and a forthcoming collection, Spill. Devotions was named a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award and won the William Carlos Williams Award from the American Academy of Poets. Poems of his have appeared in The Best American Poetry,The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and the Kenyon Review, among others. In 2000 he was a Guggenheim fellow and has twice been a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts. In 2010 he received an award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has taught at Tufts, Boston, and Harvard Universities, and on the West Coast at Portland State and Lewis & Clark College, and at University of Alabama before moving to Syracuse University in 2002. Recently he’s been a visiting professor at University of Houston and Columbia University and was a resident at the American Academy in Rome in 2016.