It is with great pride that we congratulate St. Christopher’s School teacher and Writer-in-Residence Ron Smith on his appointment by Governor Terry McAuliffe as Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
A celebrated St. Christopher’s School faculty member for 42 years, Mr. Smith served as chair of the English Department for 21 years and currently holds the George O. Squires Chair of Distinguished Teaching. Mr. Smith holds degrees in English, philosophy, and humanities from the University of Richmond and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. He studied British drama at Oxford University, writing at Bennington College, and Renaissance and modernist culture at the Ezra Pound Center for Literature in Merano, Italy. He has taught courses at the University of Richmond, VCU, and the University of Mary Washington.
Mr. Smith is the author of three books of poetry, Its Ghostly Workshop (2013), Moon Road: Poems 1986-2005 (2007), and Running Again in Hollywood Cemetery (1988). He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize in 2005, Southern Poetry Review’s Guy Owen Prize, and Poetry Northwest’s Theodore Roethke Prize.
Mr. Smith’s work has been published in a number of national and international publications, including The Nation, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, College English, Shenandoah, Kansas Quarterly, The Tampa Review, Blackbird, Plume, Puerto del Sol, and Verse.
“St. Christopher’s is so fortunate to have faculty of Ron Smith’s caliber,” said Headmaster Charley Stillwell. “He is certainly deserving of this recognition. His extraordinary talent has been a gift to generations of students. Known not only for his acclaimed writing, Mr. Smith is held in high esteem by alumni of all ages for his ability to engage students, foster a love of language, and form lasting, meaningful relationships.”