Author portrait by  Arthur Johnstone

Author portrait by Arthur Johnstone

Norma Smith


Norma Smith was born in Detroit, grew up in Fresno, California, and has lived in Oakland since the late 1960s. She worked for many years in hospitals and has also worked as a journalist, as a translator/interpreter, community scholar-educator, and as an editor and writing coach. She holds a BA in creative writing, an MA in Education, and a PhD in Ethnic & Cultural Studies. Her book of poems, Home Remedy, was published in 2017 by Nomadic Press.

Norma’s writing has been published since the mid-1970s in literary, scholarly, and political journals, including Race, Gender & Class; Feminist Studies; Nicaraguan Perspectives; Telephone; The Oral History Review; Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy; Isthmus; and Shocks. Recent work has appeared in Leaflet (a literary arts medical e-journal); Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine; From the Well of Living Waters (an anthology of Jewish writing); Tell Me Again: Poetry and Prose from the Healing Art of Writing workshop; sPARKLE & bLINK; La Bloga; Oakland Review; Full of Crow; Easy Street; and Poetry of Resistance. She has read at Get Lit, Quiet Lightning, Lyrics & Dirges, Bay Area Generations, Oakland Crossroads, Rolling Poets, The Racket, and Liminal Center, as well as open mic readings around the Bay Area. She has served as a writer-in-residence and event organizer at Liminal: a Feminist/Womanist Writing Space.


purchase Norma Smith's Nomadic Press Publication

Home Remedy (2017)