Hazel SMITH (Australia)
Hazel Smith (1950, Leeds, Great Britain) – poet, essay writer, musician, performer. She is actively working in the area of experimental literature at the frontier between text and performance, music, various multimedia techniques and hypertext. She is the author of a number of books and poetry editions, including such as: Threely (London: Spectacular Diseases Imprint, 1986), Abstractly Represented: Poems and Performance Texts 1982-90 (New South Wales: Butterfly Books, 1991), Keys Round Her Tongue: Short Prose, Poems and Performance Texts (Sydney: Soma Publishing, 2000) and others. In her productions she places a special emphasis on the performance aspect, creating scores and action oriented productions (for instance, “The Riting of the Runda,” “Secret Places,” “Nuraghic Echoes,” “Walking the Faultlines” and others). Smith is the author of a large number of poetry publications in various magazines and literary miscellanies in Great Britain and Australia, including such as: “Cyphers,” “Figs,” “First Offense,” “Pages,” “Reality Studios,” “Slow Dancer,” and also in “The Age Monthly Review,” “The Brisbane Review” and many others. Her works have been included in various anthologies, among them are the following ones: Floating Capital: New Poets From London (Connecticut: Potes and Poets Press, 1991), Australian Mosaic: An Anthology of multi-cultural writing (Sydney: Heinemann Ed., 1997) and others. She is the author of a number of sound poetry and lingua-art productions, and also of joint productions created together with the composer and sound artist R. Dean: Poet Without Language (1991), Silent Waves (1992), Caged John Un Caged (1992), which were repeatedly broadcast on the ABC Radio National (Sydney). Their joint compositions were broadcast on the Radio France and New Zealand Radio, and the play Poet Without Language (the score was produced as an individual edition within the series “Sounds Australian,” Grosvenor Place: Australian Music Centre, 1991) was nominated for the Prix Italia (1991). H. Smith’s sound poetry productions are published in the poet’s CD-releases, including such as: Poet Without Language (jointly with the group “austraLYSIS”, Sydney: Rufus Records, 1994), Nuraghic Echoes (jointly with R. Dean, Sydney: Rufus Records, 1996). She conducted a number of experimental poetry readings and performances in various cities in Australia, Great Britain, USA, Belgium and New Zealand, including Tasmanian Poetry Festival (1989) and poetic series Writers in Recital (Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1990). With her musical-action productions she participated in the following art projects: TranceFIGUREd Spirit (jointly with S. Karl and G. Jones, catalogue of the same name was produced, Sydney – London: Soma Publishing, 1990), Secret Places (jointly with S. Karl, R. Nagorca, K. Hamilton, expositions in Melbourn, Tasmania and others, 1996). Smith teaches English language at the University of New South Wales (her doctorate dissertation focused on the contemporary American poetry). She is the author of a number of academic books: Improvisation, Hypermedia And The Arts Since 1945 (jointly with R. Dean, London – New York: Harwood Academia, 1997), Hyperscapes in the Poetry of Frank O’Hara: Difference, Homosexuality, Topography (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press). Since 1998 Hazel Smith has lived and worked in Sydney (Australia).