I'm Colby Cedar Smith. I am a poet, author, and teaching artist.
I grew up in the Midwest, but now I live in New Jersey with my husband, two kids, and a winter wolf named Poppy. (Full disclosure...she's part chihuahua.)
One of my favorite things about being a writer is that I get to share my love for poetry and the written word with others. I teach young children, teens, university students, and adults, and I also facilitate leadership and communications courses for large and small businesses.
I have a BA in Creative Writing from Colorado College and an EdM in Arts in Education from Harvard University. Because of my background in the arts, I often use visual art, music, and nature exploration in my workshops.
Whatever the setting, I love helping my students to explore the wonders of language. I believe that artistic communities increase empathy, trust, imagination, cross-cultural understanding, and emotional awareness.
Photo credits: Helen Corveleyn, Wendy Heiser, Melissa Kuscin
Here's my official bio:
Colby Cedar Smith’s award-winning poetry has been published in numerous magazines including Mid-American Review, Pleiades, and The Iowa Review. She has been a finalist for over twenty poetry prizes including including The Iowa Review Poetry Award, the New Letters Poetry Prize, the Colorado Prize for Poetry; and a semi-finalist for the 92Y “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize. In 2020, Colby received a New Jersey Council on the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. Her debut novel in verse, Call Me Athena: Girl from Detroit (Andrews McMeel, 2021) is a Junior Library Guild Gold Selection Standard Selection; an American Booksellers Association Kids’ Indie Next Pick; a #1 Amazon August New Release in 20th Century Historical Fiction, and Teen Poetry; a Cybils Award Poetry Finalist; a 2021 Goodreads Choice Best Poetry Nominee, and a 2022 Michigan Notable Book. Her work has been featured in Forbes, YALSA’s the Hub, New Jersey Stage, SCBWI Insight, and Detroit's NPR station WDET. You can connect with her on Twitter @ColbyCedar, or Instagram @Colby_Cedar_Smith.