Lytton Smith was born in Galleywood, England, and lives in Garrison, NY, where he is a founding member of Blind Tiger Poetry, a group which aims to find innovative ways to promote contemporary poetry. His first book of poems, The All-Purpose Magical Tent (Nightboat Books, 2009) was selected by Terrance Hayes for the Nightboat Prize. His chapbook, Monster Theory, was selected by Kevin Young for a Poetry Society of America Chapbook fellowship and published in 2008. He has translated two novels from Icelandic: The Ambassador, by Bragi Ólafsson (Open Letter 2010) and A Child in Reindoor Woods by Kristín Ómarsdóttir (Open Letter, 2012) His poems and reviews have appeared inAmerican Letters & Commentary, The Atlantic, Bateau, The Believer, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Tin House, Verse, and the anthology All That Mighty Heart: London Poems. He teaches writing and literature at Columbia University and Fordham University.