Douglas Burnet Smith


PUBLICATIONS:  Books (Poetry)


Forthcoming    White Corvettes (The Alfred Gustav Press, Vancouver, Spring, 2015)

2012                Nine Kinds of Light (The Alfred Gustav Press, Vancouver)

2010                Learning to Count (Frontenac House, Calgary)

2008                Sister Prometheus: Discovering Marie Curie (Wolsak &Wynn, Toronto)

2004                Les Sacrifiés (trans. Laurence Aviragnet) (Les Écrits des Forges, Montréal)

2002                Helsinki Drift (Beach Holme Books, Vancouver)

2001                Chainletter (Trout Lily Press, Stratford)

2000                The Killed (Wolsak & Wynn, Toronto)

1995                Two Minutes For Holding (Stoddardt/House of Anansi, Toronto)

1992                Voices From A Farther Room (Wolsak & Wynn, Toronto)

1989                The Knife-Thrower’s Partner (Wolsak & Wynn, Toronto)

1988                Ladder To The Moon (Brick Books, Ilderton, Ontario)

1987                Living In The Cave Of The Mouth (Owl’s Head Press, Riverview, N.B.)

1980                Scarecrow (Turnstone Press, Winnipeg)

                        The Light of Our Bones (Turnstone Press, Winnipeg)

1977                Thaw (Four Humours Press, Winnipeg)




2014                Hawthornden International Writer's Retreat Fellow, Edinburgh, Scotland

2010                Best 100 Books, 2010, The Globe & Mail, for Learning to Count

2010, 2000      Nominated for the Atlantic Poetry Prize

                        Grant to Professional Writers: The Canada Council for The Arts

1993                Nominated for Governor General’s Award for Poetry

1989                The Long Poem Prize, The Malahat Review

1973                The Chancellor’s Prize (University of Manitoba) 

1973                The Dallas Taylor Memorial Prize




New Life in Dark Seas, ed. Stan Dragland (Brick Books, 2000).

The Windhorse Reader:  Choice Poems of ’93, ed. John Castlebury (Yarmouth, N.S.), 1993.

Let The Earth Take Note:  First Anthology of the Milton Acorn Festival 1987-91 (Charlottetown:  Milton Acorn Festival Publishing, 1994.

Draft:  An Anthology of Prairie Poetry, ed. Dennis Cooley, (Turnstone Press, 1981).

Section Lines, ed. Marc Duncan, (Turnstone Press, 1988).

The Lyric Paragraph, ed. Robert Allen, (D.C. Books, Montreal, 1987).

Arrivals:  Canadian Poetry in the Eighties, ed. Bruce Meyer The Greenfield Review, 1986).

Coastlines:  The Poetry of Atlantic Canada (Goose Lane, 2002).



- Selected Poems:  National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Audiotape Guide to the Permanent Collection, 1998-present.


- An operatic piece for soprano and four instruments, Adaptation of The Knife-Thrower’s Partner, Discovering Marie Curie by Tim Brady (Bradyworks):        National Library of Canada, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Edmonton, Vancouver, 2000.




2014      -          International Poetry Festival, Havanna, Cuba

2013      -          International Writers' Festival, Havanna, Cuba

2010      -          Winnipeg, International Writers' Festival

2009      -          Ottawa International Writers' Festival

2009      -          National Library of Canada

2007      -          La Traductière, Le Marché de la Poésie, Paris

2006      -         Abbey Books, Paris

2005      -         Canadian Cultural Centre,  Paris

2004      -         Le Marché de la Poésie, Paris

2002      -         The National Library of Canada

              -         The Toronto Metro Reference Library

              -         Le Scriptorium, Séminaire de Poésie, Marseille

              -         WH Smith, Paris

 -                  Le Marché de la Poésie, Paris

              -         Vancouver Public Library

              -         Burnaby Public Library

              -         University of New Brunswick (St. John)

              -         Double Hook Bookstore, Montréal

              -         Le Centre Canadien Culturel, Paris,

-          La Nuit de la Poésie, Paris

2001      -         Le Marché de la Poésie, Paris

              -         International Writers' Meeting, Belgrade

              -         International Poetry Festival, Sarajevo

              -         Mostar Cultural Centre, Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina

              -         Tuzla Public Library and Cultural Centre, Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina

              -         Word on the Street, Halifax

2000      -         Le Centre Canadien Culturel, Paris

-           Le Marché de la Poésie, Paris

              -         Festival franco-anglais de poésie, Paris