Mattie Q. Smith
English, Rhetoric, & Humanistic Studies
M.A. - Hollins University--English Literature & Creative Writing
B.A. - Hollins University--English Literature
B.A. - Hollins University--Biology
323C Scott Shipp Hall
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA 24450
P: (540) 464-7186
F: (540) 464-7779
Mattie Quesenberry Smith is an instructor of American Literature, rhetoric, composition, and creative writing who recently joined V.M.I.’s Department of English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies after teaching and writing in various professional, academic, and local capacities throughout the years. She has served as a legislative assistant for a United States Congressman, managing his Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee duties, writing articles, and creating public relations materials; an editor for Conservative Review; and a reviewer for the Hollins Critic.
In addition to teaching at V.M.I., Smith serves as an instructor at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College and a mentor for writers in Rockbridge County by mediating Sub Terra, a local creative writing workshop. She also coordinates Writers at Studio Eleven with Professor Lesley Wheeler at Washington and Lee University; this is an evening reading series for writers drawn from various communities and proficiencies, including V.M.I. faculty members and students.
Recently, Finishing Line Press nominated Smith’s chapbook, Mother Chaos: Under Electric Light, for a Library of Virginia Literary Award, and Ruminate editors nominated her poem “To a Fishing Father” for a Pushcart Poetry Prize. Her work in appears in publications such as Diagram, Dappled Things, Southern Poetry Review, Floyd County Moonshine, and Avatar. As screenwriter, Smith shares numerous awards with her husband, Douglas N. Smith, for their documentary film, Between Two Fires, and a screenplay, Once to Every Man—including a CINE Golden Eagle and New York International Independent Film and Video Festival’s Best Documentary of the Show.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins University who was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa and awarded several creative writing and science honors, Smith focuses on the influences of science and technology on the poetic voice, and she explores the intersections between science and the composition of metaphor. Also interested in the impact of natural events on the history of humankind, she is contributing to a feature film project and related graphic novel series adapted from Eagle in the Snow, a novel written by Wallace Breem and set on the Rhine River, 406 A.D., when barbarians crossed that frozen river on New Year’s Eve to catalyze the fall of Rome.