Maurice Manning's fifth book, The Gone and the Going Away, is just out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. His previous book, The Common Man (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), was a 2011 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and his first book, Lawrwce Booth's Book of Visions (Yale, 2001), was selected by W.S. Merwin for the Yale Younger Poets award. Manning teaches at Transylvania University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He lives in Kentucky.
"Founded in 1998, Smartish Pace, a Baltimore literary magazine that appears in April and October, has published an impressive roster of poets in its first five years."
—Poets & Writers Magazine
"Stephen Reichert is the editor of the much admired, relatively new poetry journal Smartish Pace. The website does supplement its hard-copy issues... the site is also home to 'Poets Q & A,' the first of its kind on the Internet."
—The Chronicle of Higher Education
"The magazine has become a welcome home to some of this generation's most prestigious poets... in fact, Reichert's modest tome has managed to publish new works from the last three Pulitzer Prize winners in poetry..."
"Devoted entirely to poetry, Smartish Pace is a physically beautiful specimen... and bravo, too, to Smartish Pace for giving us so many intelligent and finely wrought poems. May they keep up the pace for many more years."
"Beyond merely Smartish, the smartest thing to come out of Baltimore’s rich literary life in some time is Smartish Pace."