Olan L. Smith was born in Huntsville, Missouri in 1953. He graduated from Westran High School in 1971 and went on to receive two degrees in higher education.  He graduated in 1978 from Northwest Christian College in Eugene Oregon with a B.S. degree and a Masters degree from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri.  Olan first published poetry in 1985 in two literary publications;  "Earthwise," University of Miami, Florida, and "Alura Poetry," Vol. X, No 2 Fall, 1985; Minnesota.  Other published poems from Olan L. Smith (Cotton Jones) can be found in "Poetry Train America," by John E. Wordslinger (edited by Charles H. Gragg), 2013; "The Universe Inside," edited by Eva Xanithopoulos, 2012.

Olan has one featured Wattpad eBook, "Journey Home" that he refers to as the little engine that could, because it keeps chugging along and gathering steam as it travels the merry passages of the literary world.

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    Columbia, MO
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The Wizard

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Description: The Wizard is dialogue series that asks questions and ponders evidence about existence. We will take a look behind the curtain to see what the Wizard is up to, and what tricks he (she) has up his (her) sleeve, be warned that in so doing it might sp...

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Journey Home

Journey Home

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Journey Home c.2013, Olan L. Smith Journey Home is a collection of poems that is a personal search for...

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This is a couplet poem expressing my encounter with my guardian.

Blaze a Steel Trail

Blaze a Steel Trail

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Blaze a Steel Trail is a quatrain poem about working on the transcontinental railroad. I have attached...



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This poem is a light humorous write with a deeper underling theme...enjoy.