Steven Ross SMITH (Canada)
Steven Ross Smith (1945, Toronto, Canada) Ц poet, fiction writer, performer, publisher. He is the author of a number of poetry and prose books, including such as: Ritual Murders (Turnstone Press, 1983), blind zone (Aya Press, 1985), Sleepwalkers (Underwhich Ed., 1987), Transient Light (The Mercury Press, 1990), Reading My FatherТs Book (Wolsak & Wynn Publishers, 1995), Lures (The Mereury Press, 1997) and others. Since 1975 Smith was a member of the group of sound-perform poetry УOwen SoundФ (1975-85, jointly with M. Dean, R. Truhlar, D. Penhale), one of the key groups, that to a great extent enhanced the development of the Canadian sound poetry. Being a member of the УOwen SoundФ he conducted a large number of shows and performances, including the ones at: A Space Gallery (Toronto, 1977), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, 1977), Toronto Free Theatre (Toronto, 1978), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, 1978), St. Lawrence Centre (Toronto, 1978) and so on. He is one of the founders of the publishing house УUnderwich EditionsФ that constantly tackles the issues of experimental literature and poetry. Smith is the editor and co-editor of a number of anthologies, including Canadian Sound Poetry (Vancouver: Capilano Review, #31, 1984), Read the Way He Writes: A Festschrift for bpNichol (Toronto: Open Letter, Sixth Series, #Т5-6, 1986), Ballet of the Speech Organs: Bob Cobbing on Bob Cobbing (Saskatoon: Underwhich Ed., 1998). In 1992 he founded an improvisatory sound/text/music ensembleУDUCTФ (jointly with D. Grosse, Ed & Lia Pas, R. Sydiaha, W. Tucker), being a member of which since1991 he has conducted monthly concerts and performances; the group performed at the Prairie Variations (BBS-TV, 1994 and SCN, 1994), Saskatchewan Jazz Festival (Saskatoon, 1995 и 1996), Saskatoon Symphony New Music Festival (Saskatoon, 1999), etc. Among the УDUCTФТs albums of the recent years are the following ones: Duct Tape (Saskatchewan: Underwhich Audiographies, 1993), galvanized (Saskatchewan: Underwhich Audiographies, 1999). He has published a large number of sound productions, including Various Throats Vol. 1 (jointly with B. Cobbing, K. Musgrove, Toronto: Underwhich Ed., 1982), Moving Human Coils (Toronto: Underwhich Ed., 1984), Scarborough Bluffs (in collaboration with Scarborough Sound Symphony, Toronto: Underwhich Ed., 1985), Sleepwalkers (jointly with R. Truhlar, Toronto: Underwhich Ed., 1987), and also in the anthology Carnivocal: A Celebration of Sound Poetry (Alberta: Red Deer Press, 1999), etc. Smith conducted a number of solo exhibitions of experimental and concrete poetry in various cities in Canada and abroad. The project of the recent years involves working at the large size poetic trilogy, two parts of which have already been published as individual books: fluttertongue: Book 1, The Book of Games (Thistledown Press, 1998), fluttertongue: Book 2, The Book of Emmett (Hagios Press, 1999). He is a member of professional literary unions, including the League of Canadian Poets, The Writers Union of Canada, Saskatchewan Writers Guild. Steven Ross Smith lives and works in Saskatoon (Saskatchewan, Canada).