Charles C. Smith

Charles C. Smith is a prize winning, published poet, playwright and essayist who has edited three collections of poetry and has had his work appear in numerous journals and magazines, including Poetry Canada Review, The Quille and Quire, Descant, Dandelion, The Amethyst Review, Bywords, Canadian Ethnic Studies and others. He has recently received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council’s Writers Reserve Grants Program and is currently working on a multidisciplinary performance piece based on his poetry. 

Charles has provided advice to numerous cultural organizations interested in developing and implementing equity and diversity policies and programs, including the Ontario Science Centre, the SONY Centre for Performing Arts, the Toronto Theatre Alliance, the Caribbean Cultural Committee, Community Cultural Impresarios, Etobicoke and Lakeshore Arts.   He has also made presentations on pluralism in performing arts to Soulpepper Theatre as well as Creative Trust and National Historical Sites Alliance of Ontario.

In addition to his work in the arts, Smith is currently a Lecturer in cultural theory and cultural pluralism in the arts, at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He is a member to the Canadian Court Challenges Program Equality Rights Panel and a Research Associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.  He has also recently served as the Equity Advisor to the Canadian Bar Association.  His book on racial profiling Conflict, Crisis and Accountability: Law Enforcement and Racial Profiling in Canada was released in October, 2007 by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.