Carolyn Smart

Curriculum Vitæ

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Artistic Achievements

HOOKED - Seven Poems, Brick Books, 2009

THE WAY TO COME HOME, Brick Books, 1992, 1995, 2003, 2006


STONING THE MOON, Oberon Press, 1987


POWER SOURCES, Goose Lane Editions, 1982

SWIMMERS IN OBLIVION, York Publishing, 1981

WORKS-IN-PROGRESS—a collection of narrative poems set in the 1930s dust bowl; short fiction “Grace & Jane”

LAKE EFFECT, New Work by the Creative Writing Students at Queen’s University, ed. Carolyn Smart, Artful Codger Press, 2003

Books Edited

LAKE EFFECT 2, ed. Carolyn Smart, Artful Codger Press, 2005

LAKE EFFECT 3, ed. Carolyn Smart, Artful Codger Press, 2007

LAKE EFFECT 4, ed. Carolyn Smart, 2009

HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN—an anthology of poetry from Canada, ed. John Ennis, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland, 2009

DREAM CATCHER 23: Canadian Issue, ed. Paul Sutherland, Dream Catcher Books, Lincoln UK, 2009

COMMON MAGIC: the Book of the New, eds. Greene & Gugler, Artful Codger Press, 2008

KINGSTON POETS’ GALLERY, ed. Elizabeth Greene, Artful Codger Press, 2006

THE DOMINION OF LOVE, ed. Tom Wayman, Harbour Publishing, 2001

Selected Anthologies

NEW LIFE IN DARK SEAS, ed. Stan Dragland, Brick, 2000

BEST CANADIAN ESSAYS, ed. Douglas Fetherling, Fifth House, 1989

CANADIAN WOMEN POETS, ed. Rosemary Sullivan, Oxford, 1989


ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, ed. Mary di Michele, Mosaic Press, 1984

OCTOBER: music by Clifford Crawley, lyrics by Carolyn Smart, premiered at Amherst Island Music Festival, August 2005

REQUIEM: music by Eleanor Daley, lyrics by Carolyn Smart, published by Warner/Chappel Music Canada Ltd., 1993

Other Writing & Readings

The Harvest Is Hope, cover article in Issue 3, This Country Canada, September 1993

Columnist, On Craft, Poetry Canada Review, 1983–1985

Reviewer: Quill & Quire, Kingston Whig-Standard, Books in Canada, Montreal Gazette, Winnipeg Free Press, Queen𔄂s Quarterly, Poetry Canada Review, etc.

Readings: Public readings across Canada including the Eden Mills Festival, Stratford Book Festival, Harbourfront, the Kingston Dub Festival, the Red Schoolhouse Poetry Primer, and individual readings in Charlottetown, Halifax, Bishop’s University, Acadia University, Concordia University, Toronto, Kitchener, University of Guelph, Brock University, Winnipeg, Calgary, Regina, Kwantlen College, Vancouver, Saltspring Island and Victoria.
Reading in Cape Town, South Africa, hosted by the South African Association of Canadian Studies, August 2007
US reading: Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference, Chicago, Illinois, February 2009; McNally Jackson bookstore, New York City, April 2009; Albany Centre Gallery NY; Amherst Bookstore, Mass.; Rust Belt Books, Buffalo NY; Michigan State University

Film & Video

THAT’S WHY I’M TALKING, a half-hour documentary on poets and poetry with Mary di Michele, Robert Priest, Pier Giorgio di Cicco, and Carolyn Smart, co-directed by Chris Whynot and Bronwen Wallace, 1984

Women’s Television Network, featured poet in “Writing On The Wall,” 1995


CBC Literary Contest, 1st Prize, Personal Essay Category, 1993, for an excerpt from AT THE END OF THE DAY

Magazine Awards, Honourable Mention, for a poem published in Quarry, 1992

Research Grants Held

Canada Council Grant for Professional Writers: 1994, 1995, 2007, 2008

Ontario Arts Council Work-in-Progress Grant: 1995, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2005

Queen’s University Fund for Scholarly Research & Creative Work: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Related Activities

Editor, Fireweed, A Literary Quarterly, 1980–1982

Instructor, Poetry Workshop at the Free Times Cafe, Toronto, 1982–1984

Member, the League of Canadian Poets, 1982–1988 & 2008–; the Writers’ Union of Canada, 1988–the present; Member, PEN International, 1988–the present

Member, The Association of Writers & Writing Programs, 2006–the present

Instructor, Kingston School of Writing, July 1987, July 1991, and July 1993

Member, Ontario Arts Council Advisory Committee, May 1992; Member, Periodicals Jury, September 1994; August 2008; Member, Work-in-Progress Jury, November 2001; March 2005

Founder and director: the Bronwen Wallace Award, 1992—the present

Judge: Archibald Lampman Poetry Contest, 1987; QSPELL Literary Awards, poetry category, 1994; Stephen Leacock International Poetry Contest, 1996, 1997 & 1998; This Magazine Literary Contest 2007.

Moderator, Macleans/WIER website: “Forum: Ice Storm Diary 1998” (

Editorial Board Member, The MacLennan Poetry Series, McGill/Queen’s University Press 1996–6

Co-director, “Red School House Poetry Primer” Festival, Desmond, Ontario, 2003–6

Employment History

1989–the present: Term Adjunct, Dept. of English, Queen’s University
Courses taught:
CWRI 295: 1989 to the present, yearly
CWRI 296: 1994, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009
CWRI 293: 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 (now yearly)
CWRI 294: 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008
CWRI 295s: 2003 to the present, yearly
ENGL 386: 2004, 20005, 2006, 2007

January 1998–the present: teacher, Writers in Electronic Residence (WIER)

1977–the present: freelance editor

1975–1977: conference organiser, Government of Manitoba

1973–1975: poetry editor and publicist, Macmillan–s of Canada

Educational History

BA Hons. English Language and Literature, Trinity College, the University of Toronto, 1973.

Secondary and primary education in Toronto, Ottawa, and in Kent and Sussex, England.