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Carolyn Smart


For the past 30 years while teaching and working with writers through the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, I have supported and encouraged poetry, short fiction and memoir by writers of all ages. I believe in honesty and engagement in writing and in response to writing, and my own poetry reflects my deep interest in revealing untold and difficult stories. I still believe that poetry can do anything. As Anne Carson states in her collection red doc:

"what is the difference between
poetry and prose you know the old analogies prose
is a house poetry a man in flames running
quite fast through it"

Research Interests
  • Prose poetry, Narrative Poetry and Confessional Poetry
  • Emerging Canadian writing: short fiction and poetry
  • Spoken word and Performance Poetry
Selected Publications
  • Careen (Brick Books, 2015)
  • “Monkey Puzzle Tree” HOOD, ed. Lynn Crosbie, May 2015
  • “Pea Soup” HOOD, ed. Lynn Crosbie, May 2015
  • “Inside the Telephone Cupboard” Taddle Creek, The Childhood Issue, Winter 2015
  • “Why I Love the Car” Arc Poetry Magazine, 2014
  • Hooked (Brick Books, 2009).
Awards and Recognition
Dora Mavor Moore Award for “Hooked – Seven Poems” (2015)
1st Prize, CBC Literary Contest, Non-Fiction category (1993)
Creative writing description
  • Prose poetry, Narrative Poetry and Confessional Poetry,
  • Canadian writing: short fiction and poetry,
  • Spoken word
  • Performance Poetry

Read about Carolyn Smart’s legacy as a Creative Writing professor at Queen’s University.

Department of English, Queen's University

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