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Ron Smith

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Ron Smith is the author of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and a children's book. He was born in Vancouver in 1943 and has degrees from UBC and the University of Leeds. From 1971 to 1998 he taught at Malaspina University-College, now Vancouver Island University. Upon his retirement he was made the first Honorary Research Associate by the Faculty of Arts and First Nations Studies. In 1975 he founded Oolichan Books, and from 1988 to 1991 he was fiction editor for Douglas & McIntyre. He has given reading and lecture tours in the U.S.A., Italy, Albania, England, and across Canada. Ron received an Honorary Doctorate, D. Litt., from U.B.C. in the spring of 2002. He lives with his wife Pat, also a writer, in Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island. In 2002, a selection of Ron's poetry was translated by Ada Donati and published in a book-length bilingual edition, Arabesque e altre poesie, by Schifanoia Editore. His play, The Boarder, was selected for a "process reading" as a part of the New Play Festival at the Playwright's Theatre Centre in Vancouver in 2004. In 2005-06, he was the inaugural Fulbright Chair in Creative Writing at Arizona State University. In 2011 he received the Gray Campbell Award for his contribution to publishing in BC. He sat on the Board of the British Columbia Arts Council from 2008 to 2012.

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Arabesque e altre poesie. trans. Ada Donati. Italy, 2002.
What Men Know About Women. Lantzville, BC: Oolichan Books, 1999.
The Last Time We Talked. Victoria, BC: Reference West, 1996.
Enchantment and Other Demons. Lantzville, BC: Oolichan Books, 1995.
A Buddha Named Baudelaire. Victoria, BC: Sono Nis, 1988.
Elf the Eagle. Oolichan books, 2007
Seasonal. Sono Nis, 1984
Kid Dynamite: The Gerry James Story. Oolichan Books, 2011
The Defiant Mind: Living Inside a Stroke. Ronsdale Press, 2016


Shortlisted, Bridport Prize for Fiction, Bridport, England, 1995.
Short-listed for Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Book, BC Book Prizes, 2008
Shining Willow Award for Elf the Eagle, 2010
Gray Campbell Award for Distinguished Service to publishing, 2010
Long-listed for George ryga Award for The Defiant Mind: Living Inside a Stroke, 2016
IPPY gold medal from Independent Publishers for autobiography/memoir for The Defiant Mind: Living Inside a Stroke, 2017
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