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'Chron' House Poet S.E. Smith Storms Radio Waves & Watering Holes

KOOP and Nomad to host the award-winning writer

By Kimberley Jones, 3:09PM, Fri. Jan. 13, 2012

S.E. Smith will rock your poetry socks off and look super-cool doing it.
S.E. Smith will rock your poetry socks off and look super-cool doing it.
photo by Shelley Hiam

If you're a regular reader of the Chronicle, then you've enjoyed both Sarah Smith's proofreading prowess and her insightful pieces on authors like Alan Hollinghurst. But Smith has this whole other life, too, as an award-winning poet and fiction writer, and did we mention the publication of her first book is just around the bend?

Winner of the 2011 Cleveland State University First Book Prize, Smith's I Live in a Hut is forthcoming from Cleveland State University Press this spring (and published under the name S.E. Smith). But there's plenty to tide you over till the pub date, starting with Smith's appearance this Sunday, Jan. 15, on KOOP 90.5's program Slappy Pinchbottom's Odd Preoccupation from 3-4:30pm. Fun fact: I Live in a Hut's titular domicile actually refers to Smith's old garage apartment in Hyde Park, which is now occupied by fellow writer and Michener Center for Writer fellow Claire Sylvester Smith, who will also appear on the Pinchbottom program on Sunday.

Both Smithees will take part in a poetry/fiction/hardcore extravaganza next weekend that marks the happy return of reading series Whiskey Rebellion. Up for consumption: good writing, loud bands, and cheap drinks, Saturday, Jan. 28, 9pm to midnight at the Nomad Bar (1211 Corona Dr.). But if you're looking to buy the poet S.E. a drink after, you should know she's more a bourbon gal than whiskey. Rebellion, I suspect, she's fully on board with.

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