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.

http://www.wattpad.com/story/10028552-journey-home

"Folly" was also featured by Wattpad, https://www.wattpad.com/44669876-folly
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Today I am adding my haiku/senyru poems to the following collection. I start with my definition of traditional English haiku and senyru poetry starting with "Haiku is...". https://www.wattpad.com/219...
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Older Poems from the Pen of Olan L. Smith

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Description: This is a variety of my earlier poems.



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Confessions of Gods

Confessions of Gods

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This is a three quatrain poem with a rhyme scheme of a,b,a,b c,d,c,d e,f,e,f

Olan L. Smith's Short Stories

Olan L. Smith's Short Stories

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I have, over time, written many short stories,"Short-Shorts" as they are call by some, and by...

Day and Night, Siblings Fight

Day and Night, Siblings Fight

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A myth of the struggle between night, day and balance; this particular battle is a solar ecllipse.

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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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