Born to Christopher J. and Iona Smith in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
Attended Penn-Delco School District (Green Ridge Elementary; Northley Middle School); Sun Valley High School, class of 1997. Eagle Scout, Cradle of Liberty Council (formerly Valley Forge Council), 1996.
Undergraduate in Writing at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, 2001. Advisor: Dr. Mitch LesCarbeau.
Traveled to Florida, California, Pennsylvania, and Wales, England with the Green Mountain College Choir and acapella ensemble, 1998-2001.
Masters of Fine Arts in Writing at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, 2004. Advisor: Juliana Spahr.
Moved to Randolph Center, Vermont in 2004; began work at Vermont Technical College.
Traveled to Scotland with Iona Smith, 2009.
Achieved rank of Assistant Professor in the English, Humanities, and Social Sciences department, 2009. Achieved rank of Associate Professor (tenured), 2015.
Doctorate of Interdisciplinary Studies, Humanities concentration, Union Institute and University of Cincinnati, Ohio, 2015; Dissertation chair: Dr. Colleen O'Brien.
Sabbatical, 2016-2017; began temporary work for Dana Crawford and Urban Neighborhoods, Inc. of Denver, Colorado.
2017 recipient of the Theatre Historical Society of America's DuBuque Fellowship, to support research on historic theaters and their social capital.