Simon Smith: Conversations in the Mountains

To Read the Poem: Conversations in the Mountains (A Poem for John James)


2022 sees the publication of three books by Simon Smith, Last Morning (Parlor Press) a companion volume to Municipal Love Poems (Shearsman), and Source (Muscaliet Press) with artist Felicity Allen. His translations of Catullus were published by Carcanet as The Books of Catullus (2018), and he appeared on the ‘In Our Time’ programme on BBC Radio 4 in 2020 to talk about Catullus and translation. 

Between 2006 and 2022 Simon Smith taught poetry, translation and creative writing at the University of Kent, London South Bank University and the Open University. In 2009 he was a Hawthornden Writing Fellow, and a judge of the National Poetry Prize in 2004.  From 1991-2007 he worked at The Poetry Library in London, becoming Librarian from 2003-2007.  He is now a co-editor for the magazines Free Verse and Blackbird, both online.  He is presently also translating a selection of poems by Du Fu and completing editing projects related to Paul Blackburn.

He is a writer who lives in London and on the Kent Coast.



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