John Warner Smith



John Warner Smith is the current Louisiana State Poet Laureate. Smith has published four collections of poetry: Muhammad’s Mountain, Spirits of the Gods, Soul Be A Witness, and A Mandala of Hands. His fifth collection, Our Shut Eyes, is forthcoming in 2020. Smith is winner of the 2019 Linda Hodge Bromberg Literary Award. A Cave Canem Fellow, he earned his MFA at the University of New Orleans. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.




9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Capitol Park Event Center, Glass Room
A Conversation with Louisiana Poet Laureate John Warner Smith

11:15 a.m. to Noon
Capitol Park Event Center, Meeting Room
Louisiana Poets I

1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Capitol Park Event Center, Meeting Room
Louisiana Poets II

2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

Louisiana Poet Laureate


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