About Dog Canyon

About the Authors

Tom Block
Rita Nakashima Brock
Joe Brewer
Hayden Childs
Christine Cox
Cyndi Hughes
Dr. Gregory Jackson
Mary Lowry
James C. Moore
Elisabeth Piedmont-Marton
Turk Pipkin
Reba Saxon
Glenn W. Smith
Genevieve Van Cleve
Joe Cutbirth
George Lakoff
Dave Grossman
Derek Carroll
Catherine Avril Morris
Steve Birmingham
Keesha Davis
Dawn Erin
Dorothy Harrigan
Cpt. S. Locke

What others are saying about Glenn W. Smith’s DogCanyon.org

There are experienced progressive activists and there are insightful political writers. Glenn Smith is both, and he combines these skills with grace and abundant humor. Like Molly Ivins, he uses his colorful experiences in Texas to enlighten us all — no matter where we live. I’m ready to make Dog Canyon a regular stop on my cyber-travels.

—Arianna Huffington

Cyber-sage, Glenn Smith, puts the lie to the self-fulfilling prophecy that the Internet has given us all the attention spans of Chihuahuas. Engagement is a given with prose as lucid and lyrical as Smith’s. And fun. What other writer can tack effortlessly from Martin Buber, to John Donne, to scrotal asymmetry, to Looney Tunes, and then, ultimately, guide us all to an inspiration that shines through his every sentence, Chenrezig, the bodhisattiva of compassion?

—Sarah Bird

I first met Glenn Smith in the 80’s when he was a crusading young journalist for the Houston Post. Since then we’ve spent a lot of time together in the trenches. He is in the finest, firmest, fearless tradition of Texas essayists like Molly Ivins. He has unmatched experience, a graceful pen (or pixel nowadays) and deep insights into the best and worst of us. I intend to be a regular visitor to Dog Canyon.

—Paul Begala

Glenn Smith is the rarest, and most valuable, of political animals. He’s not just savvy and a terrific writer, but he’s thoughtful, very well read, and deep. Depth isn’t the usual currency of political commentators, but it is what we so badly need. He’s been a political reporter, a campaign manager, a progressive operative, and a superb think tank analyst. There’s no one like him. I’ll be hanging out in Dog Canyon. Hope to see you there.

—George Lakoff

About the Author


Glenn W. Smith has spent the past 30 years in journalism and politics, where he’s made a name for himself as a writer, campaign manager, activist, think tank analyst and, as Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas says, a “legendary political consultant and all-around good guy.” “There’s no one like him,” says author George Lakoff. CNN commentator Paul Begala says, “He has unmatched experience, a graceful pen (or pixel nowadays) and deep insight into the best and worst of us.” Novelist Sarah Bird speaks of his “lucid and lyrical” prose. And, she says, he’s fun. Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington says Glenn writes with “grace and abundant humor” and “uses his colorful experiences in Texas to enlighten us all.”

Smith led Ann Richards’ successful 1990 campaign for Governor of Texas. He worked for former Texas Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby and U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen. Earlier, Smith was a political reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Post. He’s coordinated national campaigns for groups such as MoveOn.org. In 2004, he authored the highly acclaimed book, The Politics of Deceit: Saving Freedom and Democracy from Extinction. He also wrote Unfit Commander, a book that detailed George W. Bush’s mysterious disappearance from military service.

In 2004, Smith was featured in the film, Bush’s Brain, a documentary about Karl Rove. Smith provided commentary on Rove’s role as then-President Bush’s senior advisor. He has made numerous media appearances with Chris Mathews on Hardball, Joe Scarborough, Brit Hume, and many others. He writes a regularly for top national web sites, including FireDogLake and Huffington Post.

As a senior fellow at George Lakoff’s prestigious Rockridge Institute in Berkeley he studied, wrote and taught on the power of metaphor and narrative in political communications. He also lectured on religion and politics at the Starr King School for Ministry in Berkeley. As a sponsor and organizer, he has pulled together numerous national events with progressive religious leaders. He also organized a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King at Riverside Church in New York City as well as “Freedom and Faith” bus tours, which was a nationwide campaign for social justice and progressive values.

Smith’s play, Double Play, which explored American Western myths and legends, was held over to sold-out audiences. He’s even written and performed songs in the Americana tradition, such as his best-known song, “Helping Marty Robbins,” a tribute to his hometown, Houston.

Most recently, Smith is the creator of DogCanyon, a political and cultural web site covering state, national and global issues from a Texas perspective. DogCanyon is an exhilarating and unique site that gets the connections between politics and culture and explores both the personal side of politics and the ups, down, craziness and beauty of “life its ownself,” as humorist Dan Jenkins would say. DogCanyon offers heartfelt personal essays, hard-hitting political analysis, and, most importantly, laughs.

As Paul Begala said, Smith writes in “the finest, firmest, fearless tradition of Texas essayists like Molly Ivins.”