Dale Smith

Dale Smith is a poet and critic who, with Hoa Nguyen, edited the small press magazine and book imprint, Skanky Possum, from 1998-2010.  He is the author of five books of poetry, including, most recently, Slow Poetry in America, as well as a monograph, Poets Beyond the Barricade: Rhetoric, Citizenship, and Dissent after 1960.  With Robert J. Bertholf, Smith edited An Open Map: The Correspondence of Robert Duncan and Charles Olson and Imagining Persons: Robert Duncan’s Lectures on Charles Olson (University of New Mexico Press, 2017).  His poetry, reviews, and essays have appeared in the Boston Review, Brick, Brooklyn Rail, Exquisite Corpse, Jacket and Jacket 2, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Volta, and The Walrus.  He lives in Toronto, Ontario, where he serves on the faculty of English at Ryerson University.         Poetry Foundation

Workshops:  Writing through the Eco-imaginary

This workshop invites participants to explore relationships of writing to larger social and environmental realities. What are the lines of force that shape our commitments to the written word and its contexts? How do we acknowledge stressed ecological systems while also finding jubilant positions of authorship in a world gripped by the conflict of nationalist and neoliberal determinations? This workshop will draw attention to strategies of writing based on forms of life—looking, listening, and feeling through the observable histories of our situated conditions in North America.  Three 2-hour workshop sessions


My talk focuses on historical and contemporary strategies of community building among poets. I draw attention especially to the relationship of the private and public conversations of letters. Starting with Robert Duncan and Charles Olson’s correspondence (1947-1969) and ending with examples of contemporary conversations and the formation of community through small press publication and digital circulation, I will discuss ways poets engage audiences and support writing through multiple modes and sites of creative interaction.  One 1-hour talk