Air Force Veteran Colonel Ronnie Smith has traveled the world as a professional aviator, bringing a spiritual dimension to his writing through his Catholic Faith. He is renowned for his poetry inspired by his time in Antarctica’s vast icy wilderness. Smith served twelve years with the Air Force’s Operation Deep Freeze, eventually rising to commander in 2004. He now lives in DSt. Louis but the Arctic is never far from his mind.
He’s written half a dozen books of poetry and also is an artist of much skill. Ronnie’s spiritually inspired installations express the path of the soul symbolically through the icons of human civilization. A student of the Christian Mystical tradition and of Catholic faith, Ronnie’s writings and paintings capture the esoteric truths of the universal Christian faith through the medium of archetypal and mystical symbol.
His most recent book, Roses for the Most High, received high accolades in review. His poetry has appeared in The New York Times, The Wisconsin Review, and The Evansville Review, among others. His story was covered by the Riverfront Times as well. He is an instituted Acolyte at The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.