Louisiana Poet Laureate John Warner Smith joins Baton Rouge-based spoken-word poet Chancelier “xero” Skidmore in a conversation on poetry and the pandemic, Sat. April 24.
Smith, whose two-year poet laureate term began in August 2019, will share his experiences connecting with audiences through virtual means and offer insights on how the writing, reading, and sharing of poetry can provide comfort and context in troubled times. Register via Zoom here.
This program is made possible thanks to support from the Academy of American Poets. Additional support is provided by WWNO New Orleans Public Radio.
About John Warner Smith
A native of Morgan City, Louisiana Poet Laureate John Warner Smith began writing poetry while simultaneously building a successful career as a public administrator and a banker. He now teaches English at Southern University in Baton Rouge, in addition to regularly publishing new works of poetry. Since his appointment as Louisiana Poet Laureate in August 2019 by Governor John Bel Edwards, Smith has participated in a wide range of public programs, including readings, lectures, workshops, and more, with the goal of sharing poetry’s richness with Louisiana residents. Smith is a fellow of the prestigious Academy of American Poets. He 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 from MadHat Press.
Chancelier “xero” Skidmore is a writer, spoken-word poet, educator, percussionist, and arts administrator from Plaquemine, Louisiana. Since 2005 he has regularly facilitated writing workshops in Louisiana and beyond. His published poetry includes the collection upBEAT DOWNbeat. In 2013, he claimed the top award at the Individual World Poetry Slam. He is director of community engagement at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. There, he facilitates writing workshops for the incarcerated and oversees the state Poetry Out Loud competition. The voice actor also hosts the radio show/podcast AC23.