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Lindsey Claire Smith, Ph.D., Interim Director

Dr. Lindsey Claire Smith is an associate professor of English, teaching classes in both Tulsa and Stillwater.

Smith’s area of expertise is Native American and Oklahoma literature as well as Native American studies and the arts. She is editor of American Indian Quarterly, a leading publication in interdisciplinary American Indian studies.

She has served as Faculty Fellow for Community Engagement and received special recognition for her work as founder of the Oklahoma Indigenous Studies Alliance, a partnership between OSU, the University of Tulsa and Philbrook Museum of Art.

Smith also launched a partnership between OSU and the Tulsa Artist Fellowship to host public events and connect students with renowned writers and artists. She has hosted events at OSU-Tulsa featuring Native American artist Arigon Starr and, in partnership with Booksmart Tulsa, New Yorker writer David Grann.

Teresa Miller, Director Emerita

Author Teresa Miller founded the Center for Poets and Writers in 1994 and served as its executive director until she retired from the university in 2015 to focus on her writing.  

In addition to her work with the Center, Miller taught creative writing and regional literature at OSU-Tulsa, was the executive producer/host for the television interview program Writing Out Loud, an editor for the OU Press and a curator for the Oklahoma History Center.

She is the author of the novels Remnants of Glory and Family Correspondence and the memoir Means of Transit.  Miller and her memoir have been featured on The Diane Rehm Show.

A member of the Tulsa Library Hall of Fame, Miller is the recipient of the Saidie Lifetime Achievement Award from Tulsa Women in Communications, the Pinnacle Award from the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from NSU.

Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa