Deanna Smith is a lover of words. Born and raised in Montreal, she has pursued her love of words as a poet and speech-language pathologist for many years. Her creative work is rooted in her experience as a descendent of the African Diaspora, a person who thinks in two languages, a daughter, wife, mother, and neighbor of the many displaced peoples of Turtle Island. Deanna has been fortunate to perform in many venues across Canada and to have lead workshops with participants aged 18-80. She was a member of the Montreal slam team in 2009 and 2010, the 2010 Montreal slam champion, and was an organizer with the Throw Poetry Collective for over 5 years. She is an active member of the Kalmunity Vibe Collective and is currently exploring new paths in this writing life.