Poet Laureate

Louisiana Poet Laureate John Warner Smith Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

The Academy of American Poets has awarded Louisiana Poet Laureate John Warner Smith a prestigious Laureate Fellowship, given to honor poets of literary merit serving in civic positions around the country. Smith, who was named to the Poet Laureate position in 2019 by Governor John Bel Edwards, received $50,000 as part of the award to produce meaningful, impactful and innovative ...

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Inaugural reading with new Louisiana Poet Laureate October 9

Louisiana’s new Poet Laureate, John Warner Smith, will give his inaugural reading in the post Wednesday, October 9, from 6:30–7:30 p.m., at the Louisiana Humanities Center, 938 Lafayette Street in New Orleans. Admission to the event is free. Chosen by Governor John Bel Edwards, Smith teaches English at Southern University in Baton Rouge, in addition to regularly publishing new works ...

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John Warner Smith Named Louisiana Poet Laureate for 2019-21

Poet and Southern professor John Warner Smith

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, along with Governor John Bel Edwards, is proud to announce Louisiana’s newest Poet Laureate, John Warner Smith. Following Jack Bedell’s successful tenure as poet laureate , Smith will assume the post beginning August 14 and serve for two years. About John Warner Smith A native of Morgan City, Smith began writing poetry while simultaneously ...

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Nominations Sought for Next Louisiana Poet Laureate

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, authorized by the Governor and State of Louisiana, is seeking nominations for Louisiana’s next Poet Laureate. The LEH has appointed a selection committee, as required by state legislation. The selection committee is now soliciting nominations of poets either born or domiciled in Louisiana at the time of nomination. The selection committee will submit three ...

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