Stephen Ross Smith

Steven Ross Smith likes to bend, confuse, and disintegrate that which is most popularly straightened, clarified, and constructed in general poetic and fictive practice—language, narrativity, and meaning. A sound and performance poet, writer of fiction and poetry, Smith endeavours to work against convention, especially his own. He has created as a writer/composer/performer, has worked collaboratively with performance poets and musicians, in structured and improvisatory contexts, including the groups Owen Sound, DUCT, and aBANDon. Over 3 decades, he has published eleven books and has appeared on various CDs and audiocassettes, including the compilations Carnivocal and Homo Sonorus. His recent work: a book-length poem entitled fluttertongue 4: adagio for the pressured surround was published by NeWest Press in 2007. He has won awards for his poetry and has performed and/or been published in England, Holland, Russia, Portugal, USA, and Canada. His current poetry-in-progress is the book fluttertongue 5: everything appears to shine with mossy splendour. It will be published in 2011. In 2008 he wrote flown—his first collaborative, narrative libretto, for a composition by composer Wang Jie. It was performed in Brooklyn in 2009. Smith now lives in Banff in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, where he is the Director of Literary Arts at The Banff Centre.

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