John Warner Smith is the current Louisiana State Poet Laureate. Smith has published four collections of poetry: Muhammad’s Mountain, Spirits of the Gods, Soul Be A Witness, and A Mandala of Hands. His fifth collection, Our Shut Eyes, is forthcoming in 2020. Smith is winner of the 2019 Linda Hodge Bromberg Literary Award. A Cave Canem Fellow, he earned his MFA at the University of New Orleans. He lives in Baton Rouge.