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Carolyn Smart

Photo: Bernard Clark 2014

Carolyn Smart's collections of poetry have been Swimmers in Oblivion (York Publishing, 1981), Power Sources (Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1982), Stoning the Moon (Oberon Press, 1986), The Way to Come Home (Brick Books, 1993), Hooked - Seven Poems  (Brick Books, 2009) and Careen (Brick Books, 2015). Her memoir At the End of the Day was published by Penumbra Press in 2001, and an excerpt won first prize in the 1993 CBC Literary Contest. She has taught poetry at the Banff Centre and participated online for Writers in Electronic Residence. She is the founder of the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, poetry editor for the MacLennan Series of McGill-Queen’s press, and since 1989 has been Professor of Creative Writing at Queen's University. Hooked - Seven Poems has become a performance piece, featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013 and at Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto, in 2015; the latter performance was nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore awards in June, 2015.

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At the End of the Day: A Memoir. Manotick, ON: Penumbra, 2001.
The Way to Come Home: Poems. London, ON: Brick Books, 1993.
Stoning the Moon: Poems. Ottawa,ON: Oberon Press, 1987.
Power Sources: Poems. Fredericton, NB: Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1983.
Hooked - Seven Poems. London, ON: Brick Books, 2009
Careen. London, ON: Brick Books, 2015


1st Prize, CBC Literary Contest (Personal Essay Category) for At the End of the Day, 1994.
Shortlisted, National Magazine Award for "The Sound of the Birds" from The Way to Come Home, 1992.
Dora Mavor Moore Award - Outstanding New Play for Hooked - Seven Poems, 2015
K.M. Hunter Prize, nominated for Careen, 2012
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