Poets

Steven Ross Smith

Banff Poet Laureate 2019-21

Steven Ross Smith’s writing embraces poetry, fiction, nonfiction and arts journalism. He has published thirteen books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. His literary work appears in print, audio and video in Canada, USA, and abroad. He is known for his six-book (soon to be seven-book) poetic exploration fluttertongue. He is the current Banff Poet Laureate. He is active too as a literary activist, speaking on behalf of writers, teaching, blogging, editing and presenting. His essays and articles have appeared in many writers’ and arts magazines. He has lived and written in Toronto, Saskatoon, Banff, and on Galiano Island. He’s been, since early 2020, Covid-coping and writing, back in Saskatoon. His collaborative chapbook Table for Four, created with Winnipeggers Ted Landrum, Jennifer Still, and Colin Smith was published as a limited edition by Jackpine Press in 2020. 

Amelie Patterson

Banff Poet Laureate 2017-18

Amelie Patterson grew up in Banff and served as the first Banff Poet Laureate. She is a clear-voiced, honest, and tenacious troubadour whose music crosses territories from blues to folk rock. Her debut album Roll Honey Roll won the YYC Alternative Recording of The Year in 2017. Patterson has performed at the Calgary Folk Music Festival, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, TED Talks, as well as small venues across Alberta and BC.