TITLE: Tennessee Williams Literary Birthday Celebration
SPEAKER: William Jay Smith
EVENT DATE: 03/26/2012
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 15 minutes
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William Jay Smith, former Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, reads from his memoir My Friend Tom about American playwright Tennessee Williams, on Williams' birthday.
Speaker Biography: William Jay Smith was born in Louisiana but grew up in St. Louis. He earned a bachelor's and a master's from Washington University in St. Louis. Besides his 10 collections of poetry, Smith wrote criticism, translations and children's literature. He is particularly noted for his translations of French, Hungarian, Dutch and Brazilian poetry. Smith taught at Williams College, Columbia University and Hollins College.