A Brief Relief offers essays and poems about substance use by Spenser Smith. It’s a prelude to his debut book of poetry, A brief relief from hunger, forthcoming from Gordon Hill Press in 2023.

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About Spenser

A white man with curly brown hair and clear glasses.
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Spenser Smith is a Regina-born poet, essayist, and photographer who lives in Vancouver. His writing appears in The Malahat Review, Prairie Fire, Contemporary Verse 2, The Capilano Review, Poetry Is Dead, Vallum, subTerrain, The Puritan, and SAD Mag. He holds a BA in creative writing and journalism from Vancouver Island University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia.

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Essays and poems about substance use by Spenser Smith.


Spenser Smith is a Vancouver-based poet and essayist.