Dr. Randy Smith has a Ph.D. in Twentieth-Century American Literature and MA in English. He founded and is the director of the BFA Program in Creative Writing at Belhaven University where he has taught for the past twenty years.
He collects books, plays the drums, and writes poetry. Dr. Smith grew up on a farm in south Georgia and was the first person in his family to go to college. Some of his favorite authors are Angie Thomas, Flannery O'Connor, Seamus Heaney, Rainer Maria Rilke, Isabel Allende, and Jesmyn Ward.
Areas of Expertise
Writing for Children and Young Adults
Myth and Fairy Tales
The Hero's Journey
Advanced Poetry Workshop
Principles of Editing
Mission and Calling for Writers
Introduction to Creative Writing
Colloquy (Small Group for Writers)
Scholarly Contributions and Most Recent Professional Publications
"Angie Thomas and The Hate U Give: The Story of a Student Novel." Convention Speaker. Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, Pub U. Nashville, TN. November 2018.
Contributors Scholarship and Poetry Participant. Sewanee Writers' Conference. University of the South. Sewanee, TN, July 2018.
"Lookout" and "Learning the Craft of Land." Tupelo Quarterly 14 (2018). Finalists for the Tupelo Quarterly Annual Poetry Open Contest.
“James Dickey and His Reader: The Movement from Drowning to Deliverance.” The Way We Read James Dickey: Critical Approaches for the Twenty-first Century. Eds. William B. Thesing and Theda Wrede. University of South Carolina Press, 2009.