Writer, poet, storyteller, municipal politician, farmer, hunter, father, grandfather, rabble rouser
Born in 1948 in Blind River, Ontario
From Spooky Sudbury: True Tales of the Eerie & Unexplained by Mark Leslie and Jenny Jelen
"Charlie Smith lives in a haunted farmhouse in Massey...[and] was born in Blind River in 1948 and, the son of an ex-marine father, moved with his family regularly during his childhood. As a result, he attended seven different public schools, a challeng in enough circumstance for a child. But, as an additional hardship, Smith was also diagnosed with dyslexia. Professionals told Smith's mother that he would never learn to read or write.
He became a renowned writer, poet, and storyteller who has captivated audiences, for years. He certainly showed them!"
From Amazon.com: "A cross between Robert Service's tall tales, Grey Owl's attention to nature, Ian Tyson's cowboy poetry, and Fred Eaglesmith's acerbic wit, Charlie's poetry is as authentic as the land he farms northeast of Massey Ontario.
Charlie Smith Reads follows Charlie's two successful YSP collections of poetry: The Beast that God Has Kissed: Songs from the Birch Lake Road (2000), and Through Three Long Miles of Night: More Songs from the Birch Lake Road (2003), as well as his YSP collection of 17 storiesTag Alder Tales (2005). The resonant lyric/narrative voice so evident in the earlier volumes manifests itself richly in this audio CD of his best poems."
This page is a collection of stories and remembrances of notable people who have called Massey and area "home".