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Steven Ross Smith

Steven Ross Smith

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Steven Ross Smith has published thirteen books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, including fluttertongue book 3: disarray, which won the 2005 Book of the Year Award at the Saskatchewan Book Awards. His most recent book is Emanations Fluttertongue 6 (BookThug 2015). He has performed his work and/or published in England, Holland, Russia, Portugal, USA, and Canada. He has given over two hundred public readings.

The chapbook Pliny’s Knickers, a collaboration between Smith, poet Hilary Clark, and artist Betsy Rosenwald, won the 2006 bpNichol Chapbook Award. 

Smith lives and writes in Banff, where he was the Director of Literary Arts at the Banff Centre from 2008 to 2014. He was also the founding Director of Sage Hill Writing Experience and led that program from 1990 to 2007. Currently he writes full time, honing his poetry and fiction, and also writing for magazines and websites on the literary and visual arts. That work can be found in GalleriesWest magazine and in WestWord. When not in Banff he is often writing on Galiano Island, BC.



fluttertongue, Book 2, The Book of Emmett. Saskatoon, SK: Hagios Press, 1999.
fluttertongue, Book 1, The Book of Games. Saskatoon, SK: Thistledown Press, 1998.
Lures. Toronto: Mercury Press, 1997.
Reading My Father's Book. Don Mills, ON: Wolsak & Wynn, 1995.
Transient Light. Stratford, ON: Mercury Press, 1990.
fluttertongue 4: adagio for the pressured surround. NeWest Press, Edmonton, AB, 2007
Celebrating Saskatchewan Artists. Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, Regina, SK, 2005
fluttertongue 3: disarray. Turnstone Press, Winnipeg, MB, 2005
Pliny’s Knickers. chapbook collaboration with Hilary Clark & Betsy Rosenwald, JackPine Press, Saskatoon, SK, 2005
Emanations: Fluttertongue 6. BookThug, 2015
Ritual Murders. Turnstone Press, 1983


Winner Book of the Year, Saskatchewan Book Awards for fluttertongue 3: disarray, 2005
Winner, bpNichol Chapbook Award (chapbook collaboration with Hilary Clark [poet] & Betsy Rosenwald [designer]) for Pliny’s Knickers, 2005
Shortlisted, Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry for Fluttertongue Book 2: The Book of Emmett, (Hagios Press), 2000
Shortlisted, Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction for Lures, 1998
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