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 are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up in Blue," My Morning Jacket's "Golden," Miles Davis's "Freddie Freeloader," any of the Bach Goldberg variations, George Harrison's "Across the Universe"
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."
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Ahab from Moby Dick.
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.