Ms. Heather Derr-Smith

Iowa, United States

Member Since: 10/11/2011

Heather Derr-Smith was born in Dallas, Texas in 1971.  She spent most of her childhood in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She earned her B.A. in Art History from the University of Virginia, where she also took poetry workshops with Greg Orr, Rita Dove, and Charles Wright. She went on to earn her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has published two books, Each End of the World (Main Street Rag Press, 2005) and The Bride Minaret (University of Akron Press, 2008). Her third book, Tongue Screw is forthcoming from Spark Wheel Press in April 2016.


Twitter Username: @Hderrsmith


  • Each End of the World , Main Street Rag Press (January 1, 2005)
  • The Bride MInaret , University of Akron Press (September 1, 2008)
  • Tongue Screw , Spark Wheel Press (April 1, 2016)


  • Main Street Rag Press Editor's Choice Award(2005)
  • University of Akron Press, Editor's Choice Awatd(2008)


  • Adjunct English Professor at Kirkwood Community College (September 2005 - May 2007)
  • Adjunct English Professor at Des Moines Area Community College (September 2008 - May 2013)
  • Lecturer at Grand View University (September 2009 - May 2013)
  • Visiting Poet/Lecturer at Iowa State University (September 2008 - May 2013)


  • Bachelor of Arts in Art History from University of Virginia (June 1995)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry Writing from Iowa Writers' Workshop (June 1997)

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