Ron Smith, born and raised in Vancouver, is the author and editor of numerous books. For close to forty years he taught at universities in Canada, Italy, the United States and the U.K. In 2011 he was awarded the Gray Campbell Award for distinguished service to the B.C. publishing industry. The founding publisher of Oolichan Books, he lives with his wife, Patricia Jean Smith, also a writer, in Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island.