TITLE: William Jay Smith
SPEAKER: William Jay Smith
EVENT DATE: 2004/10/09
RUNNING TIME: 29 minutes
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William Jay Smith speaks at the 2004 National Book Festival.
Speaker Biography: William Smith is of European and Choctaw Indian ancestry. He served as the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library from 1968 to 1970 and has been a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters since 1975. He is the editor of several highly acclaimed collections of verse, including his 1955 children's classic, "Laughing Time," which has never been out of print and can be found in many textbooks and anthologies. His recent collections include "The World Below the Window: Poems 1937-1997" and "The Cherokee Lottery." He is professor emeritus of English at Hollins College and makes his home in Cummington, Mass., and Paris.
SERIES: National Book Festival 2004