Christine Smart was born in Shawville, Québec. During her travels in Europe and after living in Scotland for five years, she started writing poems and stories. She graduated from Queen’s University with a B.Sc.N. degree (1976) and holds a degree in Fine Arts, Writing (1997) from the University of Victoria.

Christin Smart at harbourShe studied writing with Robin Skelton, Derk Wynand, Marilyn Bowering, Jack Hodgins, Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane. She lived in Montreal, Edinburgh and Victoria before moving in 1989 to Salt Spring Island, B.C. where she works as a public health nurse. Her first story “Trip with both Feet” was published in 1985.

Since she first joined a women’s poetry group in Scotland in 1980, Chris has supported other poets through ongoing poetry groups, organizing poetry readings and doing readings as fund-raisers for groups such as Planned Parenthood (OPT) and student scholarships.

Chris performs and/or reads her poetry on request. She facilitates poetry workshops in schools through the “Off the Page” program funded by the Federation of BC Writers. She has been a member of a storytelling group for two years and offers workshops.

Her non-fiction story “Finding a Voice” was aired on radio CFUV in 2011.  Listen to “Finding a Voice”.

Books in Print

“The White Crow” Hedgerow Press, 2013, ISBN 978-1-926618-02-9 $18

“decked and dancing” Hedgerow Press, 2006, ISBN 0-9736882-3-8  $16.95

Coming Home, Rainbow Publishers, Vancouver, BC, 2003.
Mocambo Nights, Ekstasis Editions, ed. Patrick Lane, 2001.
Pomegranate, Stamullion Publishing, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Vintage ’92, League of Canadian Poets
Chapbooks, edited by Patrick Lane
Community of Monsters

Her poems have been published in the periodicals Grain, CV2, Other Voices and also in Northlight Poetry Review, UK.