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Smith, Dale


Associate Professor; Undergraduate Program Director


PhD (Texas-Austin)




416-979-5000 ext 4195

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My scholarship addresses areas of research in poetry and poetics, rhetoric, creative writing, and public culture. I am co-editor with Robert J. Bertholf of An Open Map: The Robert Duncan / Charles Olson Correspondence and Imagining Persons: Robert Duncan’s Lectures on Charles Olson (both with University of New Mexico Press, 2017); these works were recognized by the Charles Olson Award (2017-2018), Simon Fraser University Department of English. (An overview of the books appears in the Times Literary Supplement.) Poets Beyond the Barricade: Rhetoric, Citizenship, and Dissent after 1960 (University of Alabama Press, 2012) provides a rhetorical study of poetry as public art used to address issues of war, ecology, race, and civic space in contemporary culture. A co-authored book chapter with James J. Brown in Circulation, Writing, & Rhetoric (2018) considers how internet protocol produces new ethical responsibilities in public contexts, with emphasis on strategic examples derived from Google and Wikileaks. In tandem with this scholarship, my poetry has appeared in various journals and magazines, including Best American Poetry, Brooklyn Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, and the Walrus, while my advocacy of contemporary writing can be found in venues such as the Boston Review, Brick, Jacket 2, Los Angeles Review of Books, Poetry, spoKe, and Wave Books.



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My research and teaching interests include poetry and poetics, modernism, 19th-century American Literature, Literary Non-Fiction, African-American Literature, Popular Culture in Jazz and Rock-n-Roll, rhetorical theory and the history of rhetoric, rhetoric in public culture, rhetoric and performance, visual rhetoric, rhetorical criticism, and creative writing.