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 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. 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.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Ahab from Moby Dick.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Freelance adventurer.