Dominic Smith grew up in the Blue Mountains and in Bondi Beach but has spent about half his life in the United States. He currently lives in Austin, Texas—the live music capital of the world and a little oasis of liberalism in a sea of frontier conservatism. He is the author of three novels: The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre, which was awarded the prize for best first fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters; The Beautiful Miscellaneous, which was recently optioned for a film by Southpaw Entertainment; and Bright and Distant Shores, which was published by Allen & Unwin in 2011 and shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year and the Vance Palmer Prize.
His short fiction has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His awards include the Dobie Paisano Fellowship, the Sherwood Anderson Prize, a Michener Fellowship in Fiction, and the Gulf Coast Prize. He currently teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Warren Wilson College.
Some of the writers Dominic admires include Don DeLillo, James Salter, David Malouf, Annie Proulx, Cormac McCarthy, Virginia Woolf, Thomas Bernhard, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Nabokov. Nine Stories, by J. D. Salinger, is one of his all-time favorite story collections and his critical essay about that book was recently anthologized as part of Harold Bloom’s Modern Critical Interpretations series.
Dominic is married and the father of two avid readers—teenage daughters who ply him with material and editorial feedback.