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.

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    Columbia, MO
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    3 years ago

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Freedom's Garden

Social data: 588 reads. 16 votes. 31 comments.

Description: Love cannot stand if it is divided.

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My Heart does Ache: Two Cousins

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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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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 Springtide in Missouri

Moving is never fun, but try to enjoy when you come up for a breath of air.  This poem is in my featured eBook, Journey Home, as well, but I shortened it.  There it has 2,619 reads, so it goes to show you the power of being featured has on the number of reads.  LPF, Olan.
CottonJones commented on Springtide in Missouri

@theattentivesoul Arches National Park is a must see on the National Parks list, I think Jennifer, so I hope you have an opportunity to see it someday.  Yes, I am one of those lucky souls who is allergic to most things; dogs, cats, grasses, mold, trees, cockroaches, dust mites, beef, pork, and milk to name a few.  Funny, when I was younger I was not allergic to anything, so it is an acquired thing.  LPF, Olan.