Born and raised out of Oshawa, Ontario, Colin Smith studied creative writing at York University (often with Don Coles), and graduated in 1983 with a BFA in it. Moved to Vancouver in 1987 and immediately became part of Kootenay School of Writing "doings". Was an active collective member c.1989 through 1996, and again from 2005 to 2007. Proofread many issues of Writing and Raddle Moon magazines.
His first book of poems, Multiple Poses, was published in 1997 by Tsunami Editions. A second, 8 x 8 x 7, is recently out from KRUPSKAYA.
He is now living for the second time in the isolation chamber and racial holy war otherwise known as Winnipeg, Manitoba.