Dustin Beall Smiths work has appeared in Alaska
Quarterly Review, the Atlanta Journal/Constitution,
Gettysburg Review, Hotel
Amerika, the Louisville
Review, the New York Times Magazine, Quarto, River
Sun, Writing on
the Edge, and elsewhere.
His honors include the
Bakeless Nason Prize in Nonfiction for his book, Key
Grip. A Memoir of Endless Consequences; fellowships in 1995
and 1996 at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; and first-place
Labor Press Council Awards for 1982, 1983, and 1984.
In the late fifties and early sixties, Smith helped
pioneer sport parachuting in the United States. He later worked
as an advance man for Robert Kennedys senatorial campaign
and for the Norman MailerJimmy Breslin mayoral campaign.
He worked as a key grip in the film industry for twenty-seven years,
leaving movie-making to pursue an MFA in creative writing at Columbia
University. He currently teaches writing at Gettysburg
College, where he is also coordinator of the Peer Learning Center.
Photo by Kim Dana Kupperman