Laurie Smith earned her M.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor, having studied under Alistair MacLeod. Co-publisher/editor of Cranberry Tree Press in Windsor, Ontario, her work has appeared in many publications across Canada and in the U.S. Collections include Menagerie (LAWLLP, 2004), The Truth about Roller Skating (CTP, 2011); Smack in the Middle of Spotlit Obvious (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2016); Said the Cannibal (UFP, 2017). She has edited several poetry anthologies and she regularly facilitates creative writing workshops; some involving wine.
As an ancestry enthusiast, Smith has traced her roots to Emperor Charlemagne, as well as Lady Godiva, which explains her hair and the love for horses. A collection of poetry is being developed based on this exploration, yet another spinoff of her interest in Darwin and his influence. Other obsessions include gardening and canning (Harrow Fair defending champion in peach jam) and photography. For exercise she has two grand- kiddos and a 100 lb. Coonhound, Lucy.