John Smith is Professor Emeritus at the University of Prince Edward Island, where he was a much-respected and much-loved professor of English for twenty-five years. His most recent books include Maps of Invariance (Fitzhenry and Whiteside 2005), Strands the Length of the Wind (Ragweed 1993), and Midnight Found You Dancing (Ragweed 1986).

John Smith lives in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and was the Island's inaugural Poet Laureate from 2003 to 2005.