Inaugural reading with Louisiana Poet Laureate John Warner Smith

John Smith poetry
John Warner Smith

Louisiana’s new Poet Laureate John Warner Smith will give a free reading—his first in the post—Wednesday, October 9, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ Louisiana Humanities Center, 938 Lafayette St., in New Orleans.

Smith, who was selected by Gov. John Bel Edwards for the position in August, teaches English at Southern University in Baton Rouge, has four published collections of poetry, with a fifth due soon, and his poems regularly appear in literary journals. Much of his poetry draws upon African-American history and his personal experiences of growing up and living in the South.

 Admission is free, and no registration is necessary.

Photo credit: Brian Pavlich.