Carolyn Smart is the author of six volumes of poetry and the CBC Literary Contest-winning memoir At the End of the Day. Two of her poetry collections have been internationally staged as full-length performances. Her writing has been widely published, most recently in Malahat Review, Arc, Grain Magazine, and CV2. She has been nominated for the ReLit Poetry award, the K.M. Hunter Award, and Alberta Magazine Awards “Showcase Award”, Hooked won the Dora Mavor Moore Award, and Careen won second prize in the Fred Cogswell Award For Excellence in Poetry.
Her most recent collection, Careen, is long poem dramatic retelling of the story of Bonnie and Clyde. Arc Poetry calls it “a substantive work about characters united and torn apart by love… Smart’s poetry in these moments is heartrending and private, but avoids sentimentality in a space defined by hardness and hunger.”
Carolyn is the founder of the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, poetry editor for the MacLennan Series of McGill-Queen’s University Press, and for 32 years she was Director of Creative Writing at Queen’s University, mentoring generations of emerging authors.
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