- Rivers (2013)
- In the Beginning (2012) short story prequel to Rivers
- The Hands of Strangers (2008) (a novella)
Michael Farris Smith was born in Mississippi and currently lives in Columbus, Mississippi, with his wife and two daughters. He is the son of a Southern Baptist minister, so his family moved a lot while he was growing up. Smith received his BA from Mississippi State, his MEd from William Carey College, and his PhD from The University of Southern Mississippi. He is teaching Fiction Writing, Modernism, and Southern Literature at the Mississippi University for Women (now known as the W) where he is Associate Professor of English. Before teaching at the W, Smith lived abroad in France and Switzerland.
His novella, The Hands of Strangers, was published by Main Street Rag Press in 2011. The novella is set in Paris where the daughter of the two main characters, Jon and Estelle, has been kidnapped during a class field trip. His novel Rivers, published by Simon and Schuster in 2013 to rave reviews is a dark novel set in Mississippi in the near future when devastating storms have hit the South in the years since Hurricane Katrina.
Smith has been awarded the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship, the Transatlantic Review Award for Fiction, the Alabama Arts Council Fellowship Award for Literature, and the Brick Streets Press Short Story Award. His short fiction has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and his essays have appeared with The New York Times, Catfish Alley, University Press of Mississippi, and more.