Described by the American conceptual poet Vanessa Place
as a “linguistic craftsman”, Frank Smith (born 1968, lives and works in Paris and Los Angeles) is a writer/poet
, video artist
The products of his research, which fuses poetry, politics
and image, have been presented through readings, conferences, performances
, exhibitions, screenings and installations at many festivals, galleries and arts centers.
Frank Smith has published a dozen books so far, including Guantanamo
, which was judged the best poetry book of 2014 by the US-based Huffington Post
and has been adapted for the stage by Eric Vigner, and his writing has appeared in several literary reviews (Nioques
To further his poetical investigations, Frank Smith also works as a video artist; his films were the subject of a retrospective at the Pompidou Centre in 2015 and 2016 (“Hors Pistes” festival).
He is a long-serving radio producer
at France Culture, where he produced La poésie n'est pas une solution
broadcast, and with Philippe Langlois, co-directed the cult sound engineering show, L'Atelier de création radiophonique
(Creative Radio Workshop) from 2001 to 2011. He has also written numerous dramas and documentaries for radio.
Frank Smith is also an editor: with Antoine Dufeu
he co-edits the critical and analytical poetry review RIP
, launched in September 2016, and directs the “ZagZig”
collection of artists' books and CDs that he established at Dis Voir
publishing house (works by Laurie Anderson
, Ryoji Ikeda
, Christian Marclay