Fonds MG 253 - Steven Ross Smith fonds

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Steven Ross Smith fonds

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MG 253

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  • 1968-2016 (Creation)

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4.5 m of textual material
64 photographs
81 negatives
2 contact sheets
2 audio cassettes
1 audio cd
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VHS video cassette

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Steven Ross Smith (also published as Steven Smith) was born and educated in Toronto, receiving a Diploma (degree equivalent) in 1968 in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson University). First published in 1972, he is a writer of innovative fiction and poetry, a sound poet and performance artist, an editor and media writer. In addition to his literary works published in books, anthologies and periodicals, Smith has several improvisatory sound music ensemble recordings to his credit. He has been published and given performances and readings in England, Holland, the United States, and Canada. Smith was a founding member of the sound/performance ensembles "Owen Sound" and "DUCT". In 1987-1988, he was Writer-In-Residence in Weyburn, Saskatchewan and, in 1996-1997, he was Writer-In-Residence with the Saskatoon Public Library. Smith was also the founding editor of Underwhich Editions and has been the Executive Director of the Sage Hill Writing Experience from 1990 to 2008. His book "fluttertongue 3: disarray" won the 2005 Book of the Year award at the Saskatchewan Book Awards. He was Director of Literary Arts at The Banff Centre from 2008 to 2014.

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The material in this fonds documents the literary and performance career of Steven Ross Smith.

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This fonds has been arranged into seven series:
I. Literary Works
II. Music / Sound Works
III. Name and Subject Files
IV. Weyburn - Writer in Residence
V. Notebooks
VI. General Correspondence
VII. Banff

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Files marked as RESTRICTED require vetting by the archivist prior to release. All restrictions are applied as per privacy legislation.

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Steven Ross Smith retains copyright on all published and unpublished works. The University of Saskatchewan Archives may make a single copy of any item for each researcher who requests the same for study or research purposes only.

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