Ronnie Smith

Organization:

Address:  30 Rockwood Forest Vly

                Wildwood MO 63025

Email:  rjsmithereens@gmail.com

Biography:  Ronnie Smith was born of U.S. Air Force parents in Udine, Italy, and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended Loyola University of Maryland (B.A.) and the University of Maryland. Ron played semi-pro basketball in Europe before entering the U.S. Air Force in 1983 to fly C-130 transport aircraft. He has traveled the world as a professional aviator, bringing a spiritual dimension to his writing through this inspiration. After many years flying in the polar regions with the 109AW New York ANG and working as Military Liaison to The National Science Foundation, he was selected to be the in-theater commander of Operation DEEP FREEZE, supporting the U.S. Antarctic Program from 2005-2008. His poetry has appeared in The New York Times, The Wisconsin Review, Hexagon Press, and The Evansville Review, among others. He resides in St. Louis, Missouri. Recent poetry books written about Antarctica and polar flying are "The Last White Ruby" and "Deployed Flight and Sometimes Eternity" available at all major outlets.