Brian Jabas Smith has written for many magazines and alt-weeklies, and his fiction has appeared in a variety of literary journals. He’s an award-winning journalist, first as a staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times and then as an editor at Detroit’s Metro Times.
Before writing full time, Smith was a songwriter who fronted rock & roll bands Beat Angels and, before that, GAD. He has penned tunes with lots of folks, including Alice Cooper. At one point he overcame heavy crystal meth and alcohol addictions.
As a kid growing up in Tucson, Ariz., Smith was a national class bicycle racer. He now lives back in Tucson. He followed his debut collection of short stories, Spent Saints & Other Stories, with Tucson Salvage: Tales and Recollections from La Frontera, a collection of articles from the much-beloved "Tucson Salvage" article for the Tucson Weekly.