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 Master's 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; Editor Eva Xanithopoulos, 2012.

First Wattpad featured eBook:
http://www.wattpad.com/story/10028552-journey-home

"Folly" was also featured by Wattpad, https://www.wattpad.com/44669876-folly

Olan is happy to announce that his eBook "The Wizard!" is now a featured story on Wattpad, "The Wizard!" is his second featured collection of poems. https://www.wattpad.com/story/30816974-the-wizard

Olan is pleased to have four of his poems included in the fine eBook, "Songs for the Sea," make sure to check out the music as well as the fine poetry offering. http://songsforthesea.weebly.com/olan-l-smith.html

Wattpad's Paranormal Community has chosen to publish a couple of Olan's poems on its "Haunted Verses" site, check it out. https://www.wattpad.com/story/69316367-haunted-verses-paranormal-poems/parts

https://www.wattpad.com/316977252-necrocity-times-issue-1-halloween-special-haunted

The Poet's Pub: https://www.wattpad.com/376069377-poets-pub-writer%27s-handbook-how-to-write-poetry

https://www.wattpad.com/394567084-poets-pub-writer%27s-handbook-part-ii-how-to-write

Haunted Verses, Wattpad Paranormal Community published my work: https://www.wattpad.com/412008872-haunted-verses-paranormal-poems-beauty-and-the
  • Columbia, MO
  • JoinedFebruary 9, 2011




Stories by Olan Smith
Six Times Three by CottonJones
Six Times Three Short Story
This is fantasy horror story, an excerpt from a manuscript I start a number of years tentatively tiled, "The Sword and the Sickle .
Sonnets Written by Olan L. Smith #featured by CottonJones
Sonnets Written by Olan L. Smith #featured Poetry
I am moving many of my singly published poems into collections, and in this collection will reside all my sonnets I have written, and will write in the future--I hope you enjoy. Love, peace, and freedom, Olan L. Sm...
Journey Home by CottonJones
Journey Home Poetry
Journey Home c.2013, Olan L. Smith Journey Home is a collection of poems that is a personal search for my spiritual home. I go about this search with the tools of poetry using the English language as my map. Lov...
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