My name is Dale Smith. In May 2011, I received my PhD in English with a specialization in Rhetorical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. I began teaching as an assistant professor in the Department of English at Ryerson University, Toronto, last fall. While completing my research in Austin, I served as an assistant director with UT’s Department of Rhetoric and Writing, where I taught writing and contributed to teacher training, curriculum, and assessment of lower-division courses in Rhetoric and Writing. Visit my course website for information on classes I have taught through the Digital Writing and Research Lab.
Rhetoric and Publics focuses on my research and teaching interests in rhetoric, poetics, and public culture. A recent book chapter co-authored with Joshua Gunn explores these concerns and can be found in Public Modalities: Rhetoric, Culture, Media and the Shape of Public Life (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2010). My book, Poets Beyond the Barricade: Rhetoric, Citizenship, and Dissent after 1960, was published this year by the University of Alabama Press.
In addition to my critical work in rhetoric and poetry, I write hybrid forms of poetry and prose, with four books published over the last decade. My writing has been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2002 and elsewhere. A recent statement of my poetics can be found at Evening Will Come.