BC author Ron Smith

Ron Smith is the BC author of four collections of poetry, a book of short stories, a play, a kid’s book and many more. His poetry has been translated and published in Italy.

The Defiant Mind: Living Inside a Stroke is a first-person account of a massive ischemic stroke to the brain stem. Smith takes the reader inside the experience and shows how recuperation happens.

Kid Dynamite: The Gerry James Story is a moving sports biography of the amazing athlete Gerry James. Elf the Eagle is his first book for children. Ron taught English and Creative Writing at Vancouver Island University (formerly Malaspina University-College) for 28 years, is the founder of Oolichan Books, and has edited and published over 300 books. He holds degrees from UBC and the University of Leeds, and was recently the first Fulbright Chair in Creative Writing at Arizona State University. He lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada with his wife, Pat, who is also a writer.

A selection of Ron’s Books:


The Defiant Mind: Living Inside a Stroke (Ronsdale, 2016).
Kid Dynamite: The Gerry James Story
(Oolichan, 2011).
Elf the Eagle (Oolichan, 2007). Illustrated by Ruth Campbell.
Arabesque e altre poesie (Schifanoia Editore, Italy, 2002)
What Men Know About Women (Oolichan, 1999)
The Last Time We Talked (Reference West, 1996)
Enchantment & Other Demons (Oolichan, 1995)
A Buddha Named Baudelaire (Sono Nis, 1988)
Collected Poems of Ralph Gustafson, Vol 1 & 2, editor (Sono Nis, 1982)
Seasonal (Sono Nis, 1984)
Rainshadow: Stories from Vancouver Island (Oolichan/Sono Nis, 1982)


Ron Smith is a BC writer of poetry, children’s books, fiction, non fiction and drama. Author of NHL and CFL biography Kid Dynamite: The Gerry James Story and the children’s book Elf the Eagle, he lives near Nanoose Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

3 thoughts on “Books”

  1. Hello Mr. Smith: Just finished reading “Kid Dynamite”, the Gerry James story. Never knew about it until a friend loaned it to me a couple of weeks ago. What a great masterpiece and wonderful tribute to Gerry. I sort of lost track of him during the past 40 years, but have many exciting memories of his performances and accomplishments with the Blue Bombers and with the Toronto Maple Leafs, my favourite hockey team back then. I, like most Manitobans, never thought Gerry got the recognition he deserved as he was indeed one of the greatest, if not the greatest athlete from our province. Your book has certainly rectified this injustice to some considerable extent. Gerry and Marg were friends of my Aunt Grayce Riley, so I also had the pleasure of Gerry’s company on a few occasions in the late fifties to early sixties. In particular, he might recall when the RCMP musical ride was in Winnipeg in 1962, he had all the breweries bring beer to our room at the Viscount Gort and we had more than enough for the entire week for the 36 members of our ride. Yes, Gerry was always a lot of fun to be with – quick witted and never a dull moment. I hope he and Marg are well as we will be at Pacific Shores the first two weeks in March and would like to contact them if possible. Thank you Ron for your exceptional efforts in providing this very accurate and interesting biography of this great athlete and fine gentleman.

  2. Dear Mr Smith,
    I am the chair of The Brock House Society program committee. We at Brock House (located at Jericho Beach)are mot interested to have you speak about your book “the Defiant Mind” at our free to members Esther Birney Series on Thursday, Dec 15th. From 10:30 -11:30 am and a 15 min Q&A . You will have a most appreciative audience of about 30 or 40, and are most welcome to sell your book. We invite you to lunch with us and continue the conversation afterwards. I sincerely hope you will have the time to come to Vancouver to give your talk on a very timely topic.
    We know you live in Nanoose Bay. We would cover the ferry costs. Thank you for considering this invitation. If you have any questions or concerns my email is
    Glenys Acland 604 684 0814

    1. Dear Glenys Acland,
      Thank you for your generous invitation. I would be delighted to attend your meeting on Dec. 15, from 10:30 to 11:30, followed by a Q&A and lunch. I have one request. My wife will need to accompany me; I’m still slightly handicapped from my stroke and still need her assistance at times. Besides, she presents another view on the consequences of a stroke. Caregivers are a critical part of recovery.

      With best wishes,

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