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. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Ahab from Moby Dick.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I'm not good at multi-tasking...I devote my attention to one thing at a time.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Oh, God, when I read back over my writing and see how many "he stood [verb]" or "dusk"; or some description of light...it makes me feel like I'm a bag of tired, old phrases
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Miles Davis, who said "it takes a long time to learn to play like yourself."