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.

First Wattpad featured eBook:
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"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, yea; "The Wizard!" is his second featured collection of poems. https://www.wattpad.com/story/30816974-the-wizard
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https://audioboom.com/boos/1941071-daily-read-paint-life-with-words-by-olan-l-smith Thirty Things about Me is written in direct response to @Rosaimee. Lpf, Olan
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Thirty Things about Me

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Description: This is a direct response from a challenge from Rosaimee'. I have titled it "Thirty Things about Me." The cover photo is of a painting that I painted of a hot air balloon derby held in Columbia, Mis...



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