Olan L. Smith was born in Huntsville, Missouri in 1953. He graduated for 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.

  • Location:
    Columbia, MO
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    3 years ago

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Freedom's Garden

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Description: Love cannot stand if it is divided.

#635 in Spiritual

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This is a pensive, reflective rondeau style poem consisting of 15 lines consisting of three stanzas; 5...

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Shiny Penny

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A story of a memory about once long ago.

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Yesterday's Problem

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This free-verse poem is a fun poem highlighting the troubles anxiety can bring about in us when we let y...

CottonJones commented on COWER ON THE TOWER

Yep, that is a long ways up, especial if you are going to jump off of it!!  I have a lot of respect of the divers at any height, and it is one of my favorite parts of the Olympics Games.  This is a special poem you have written, and both your humor and pain show through.  LPF, Olan.