The Navaho Influence: Dennison Smith

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‘I still think in terms of the theathre far more often than I think in terms of the written word.’

I first met Dennison Smith when she came to the Northwest Literary Salon last February. When she read an extract of her book, The Eye of the Day, I was completely hooked. Characters and settings appeared directly into the room through words that were both, beautiful and disturbing. (If you are curious, she’s reading exactly the same bit in her interview!)

When Dennison Smith  was in her twenties, she hitchhiked in US and was finally welcomed by a Navaho family. This period in her life has vastly influenced her art . She has published several books that include both poetry and prose, she has worked in drama as author and director, she has done a PhD in Creative Writing in the University of East Anglia and recently opened an art gallery in London, The Baldwin Gallery, which –among others– promotes the work of indigenous artists from North America.


What can you find in this interview?

-Writing and yoga.



-Publishing and getting an agent.

-Studying Creative Writing.


Text read in this interview:

–An extract from The Eye of the Day.


Do you want to know more about Dennison Smith?

-Check out her webpage.

-Check out her publications.


Many thanks to our meticulous editor, Terry Garanhel and to the founder and sponsor of the programme, Yvonne Battle-Felton. And, of course, to Dennison Smith. Your literary journey is truly inspiring and we wish you all all the best luck with your new art gallery!