Thomas R. Smith has had hundreds of poems published on three continents. In the United States, his poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. His poems were included in Editor's Choice II (The Spirit That Moves Us Press), a selection of the best of the American small press, and in The Best American Poetry 1999(Scribner). His work has reached wide national audiences on Garrison Keillor's public radio show Writer's Almanac and former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's syndicated newspaper column, American Life in Poetry.
He is author of seven books of poems, Keeping the Star (New Rivers Press, 1988), Horse of Earth (Holy Cow! Press, 1994), The Dark Indigo Current (Holy Cow! Press, 2000), Winter Hours (Red Dragonfly Press, 2005), Waking Before Dawn (Red Dragonfly Press, 2007), The Foot of the Rainbow (Red Dragonfly Press, 2010), and The Glory (Red Dragonfly Press, 2015). A chapbook of nature poems, Kinnickinnic, appeared in 2008 from Parallel Press. He has edited Walking Swiftly: Writings and Images on the Occasion of Robert Bly's 65th Birthday (Ally Press, 1992; HarperCollins, 1993) and What Happened When He Went to the Store for Bread (Nineties Press, 1993), a selection of the best of the Canadian poet Alden Nowlan, now in its second edition.
Robert Bly writes: "Thomas R. Smith is a high-spirited poetry horse riding over the hills of emotion."
Timothy Young’s third book of poetry, To the Palace of Kings, was published in 2014 by Red Dragonfly Press, which also publishedHerds of Bears Surround Us in 2010. His first book, Building in Deeper Water, was introduced by Robert Bly and published by the Thousands Press in 2003. His poetry appeared in Scribner's The Best American Poetry of 1999 and has been read on The Writer's Almanac. He has recorded three CDs of poetry with musical compositions by a jazz guitarist, Riding a Dark Wind; a folk singer, Snow Has Fallen; and classical violinist; Perfect Harmony. In 2009 his poem, Mississippi Ecstasy, was set for a big band jazz suite and recorded by composer, Dan Cavanagh, and The Jazz Emporium Big Band.