Oklahoma State University-Tulsa has selected Dr. Lindsey Claire Smith, OSU associate professor of English, as interim director of the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers, an organization aimed at celebrating Oklahoma’s literary heritage and examining the influence of writers from across the country.
“I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to lead a program that has made such a positive impact on so many,” she said. “As interim director, I will continue the Center for Poets and Writers’ tradition of celebrating world-class authors and partnering with community organizations to provide opportunities for aspiring writers.”
Smith’s area of expertise is Native American and Oklahoma literature as well as Native American studies and the arts. She is editor of the American Indian Quarterly, a leading publication in interdisciplinary American Indian studies.
Smith will balance her part-time role with the Center for Poets and Writers with her teaching duties in Tulsa and Stillwater. 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 recently hosted events featuring Native American artist Arigon Starr and New Yorker writer David Grann at OSU-Tulsa.
“Dr. Smith is well-suited to lead the Center for Poets and Writers and continue its work,” said OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett. “The Center plays an important role in Tulsa’s cultural landscape and is an integral connection to a vibrant and growing downtown arts scene.”
The Center for Poets and Writers was founded in 1994 by Teresa Miller, who retired in 2016 to focus on her own writing. The organization has long partnered with Tulsa Town Hall for the Tulsa Reads initiative to sponsor events enabling well-known authors to share their work within the Tulsa community.
For more information, visit https://www.osu-tulsa.okstate.edu.