His awards include the Dobie Paisano Fellowship from the Texas Institute of Letters, the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Prize, and the Gulf Coast Fiction Prize. In 2006, his debut novel The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre received the Steven Turner Prize for First Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters.
Dominic serves on the fiction faculty in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and has taught recently at the University of Texas at Austin and Southern Methodist University. Find out more at www.dominicsmith.net.
Bright and Distant Shores
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Do work that makes me happy.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. I've never been a fan of regret.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. International spy.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I'd like to have coffee with Dickens and Shakespeare and ask them how to plot my next novel.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Barack Obama. That's almost a cliche by now but I find him such a breath of fresh air.