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
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  • JoinedFebruary 9, 2011




Stories by Olan Smith
HOW TO WRITE POETRY, BY OLAN L. SMITH by CottonJones
HOW TO WRITE POETRY, BY OLAN L. SMITH Non-Fiction
The following articles are essays on how to write poetry, by Olan L. Smith, aka Cotton Jones. I was asked to write these article for Wattpad's Poets Pub's Handbook for Poets, 2017. I am collecting them here for my...
The Harvest by CottonJones
The Harvest Science Fiction
The Harvest is book two of the duology that started with "The Sword and Sickle" and now "The Harvest," the final book in the series. This book is written and published to Wattpad as creative wri...
THE SWORD AND SICKLE by CottonJones
THE SWORD AND SICKLE Science Fiction
This is my Wattpad eNovel titled "The Sword and Sickle." This eBook is a total work of fiction and any resemblance a person living or dead, any businesses, religious cults, or events is totally unintentio...
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