Jim Smith was born in 1951. Twenty-one years later sold his first story to the West Coast Review for $5. He was the publisher of Front Magazine from 1972-1980 and Front Press from 1980-1993. During his writing career, Smith has published thirteen poetry books & chapbooks between 1979-1998, including 100 Most Frightening Things (blewointmentpress, 1985), Convincing Americans (Proper Tales Press, 1986), Translating Sleep (Wolsak & Wynn, 1989) and Leone/Roque (Coteau Books, 1998). Smith was called to the Ontario bar in 1999.
Back Off, Assassin! New and Selected Poems appeared from Mansfield Press in November 2009. Jim Smith lives, writes, and litigates in Toronto; he visits Spain as often as possible.