Peter Smith

Peter Smith

Commentator
Minnesota Public Radio

Peter Smith lives in Hopkins, Minn. He writes essays, fiction, poetry and an occasional op-ed piece. His short stories appear in writing competitions now and then. When all else fails and the wolf appears at the door, Smith has been known to resort to writing advertising -- a fact that he and his siblings have gone to great lengths to hide from his mother. In autumn 2010, the University of Minnesota Press will publish "A Porch Sofa Almanac," an anthology of his essays for MPR. A second book, a memoir entitled, "A Cavalcade of Lesser Horrors," is scheduled for publication in autumn 2011. Smith blogs at petersmithwrites.blogspot.com. You can follow him on Twitter at petersmithwrite or on Facebook at Peter Smith Writes.

Peter Smith Feature Archive

Commentator Peter Smith
Given the forecast, today is the perfect day to get your lawn mowed. That doesn't mean it's going to happen. Parents and teenagers across the state will battle over the urgency of this chore. Minnesota Public Radio essayist Peter Smith has captured the essence of this eternal struggle in a poem. (05/25/2012)
Sure it's been a mild winter, but that doesn't mean people aren't getting antsy for summer. Minnesota Public Radio Essayist Peter Smith knows someone who's found a way to visit the best of summer from the depths of February. (02/20/2012)
It's November, one of the grayest, most blustery months of the year. And sure we're back on Central Standard Time and the days are getting shorter. But essayist Peter Smith found something to feel happy about parked right beside the road and wearing a "For Sale" sign. (11/08/2011)
Essayist Peter Smith imagines what must be going through a farmer's mind at harvest time. (10/04/2011)
August is when football coaches schedule two-a day practices. That has essayist Peter Smith thinking about his days playing high school football and a balm that his coach claimed cure any injury. (08/16/2011)
Politicians like to compare balancing the state budget to a family sitting around the kitchen table trying to figure out its finances. That oft-repeated metaphor inspired essayist Peter Smith. (06/29/2011)
It's early summer in Minnesota and that means high school graduation open house season is going full-tilt. MPR essayist Peter Smith is wondering, are those really open houses? Or are they some sort of weird Minnesota reunions? (06/07/2011)
The weather has taken a turn for the better, and for a lot of Minnesotans, that means turning one's attention to chores and yard work. All of which reminds essayist Peter Smith of one chore he's been putting off for far too long. (05/17/2011)
Spring is here. The days are getting longer. The sun is getting warmer and things are getting a little greener every day. But this time of year, another, slower, subtler change always catches essayist Peter Smith's attention. (04/05/2011)
The Gopher basketball teams are reeling. The Timberwolves are, well the Timberwolves. The Wild may or may not make the NHL playoffs, and the Minnesota Twins look like they'll have a few issues to work out these next few months. Throw in a March snow storm and essayist Peter Smith says now is the season of the Minnesota sports fan's discontent. (03/09/2011)
It's late winter in Minnesota and some folks are looking for activities to exercise the body and the mind. But essayist Peter Smith has found one activity that some Minnesotans just aren't quite ready to embrace. (02/08/2011)
Had your fill of snow shoveling this winter? MPR essayist Peter Smith hasn't. He says it's a great form of exercise and an exercise in parenthood too. (01/18/2011)
For essayist Peter Smith, airborne rodents aren't a nuisance; they're a catalyst for contemplation. (01/04/2011)
Well here they are -- the holidays again. And while it's always nice to get together with old friends and loved ones this time of year, there's one holiday reunion essayist Peter Smith is not looking forward to. (11/30/2010)
Going back to your home town for Thanksgiving? Think this is the start of the Holiday season? For MPR essayist Peter Smith, the hometown Holidays can't start without a little magic from two guys in a Public Works pick up truck. (11/23/2010)