Irene Hoge Smith for AWPIrene Hoge Smith is a writer and psychotherapist who has written about trauma, bereavement, torture and crises of meaning. She is working on a memoir about her late mother FrancEyE, who ran away in the 1960s, becoming a writer known for her own work as well as her relationship with fellow poet Charles Bukowski. Smith is a graduate of the New Directions postgraduate writing program of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute and her essays have appeared in Amsterdam Quarterly, Brevity blog, and (upcoming) Prick of the Spindle. She is a Spring 2016 AWP Writer-to-Writer mentee, working with Claude Clayton Smith.

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