J.D. Smith was awarded a 2007 Fellowship in Poetry from the United States National Endowment for the Arts. He has published two collections of poetry: The Hypothetical Landscape and Settling for Beauty. His children's book The Best Mariachi in the World will be published in 2008. Smith's poems have received three Pushcart nominations, and his essays and reviews have appeared in American Book Review, Grist and Pleiades. Additional information is available on his website .