John Warner Smith’s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Callaloo, Antioch Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Quiddity, Transition, and numerous other literary journals. Smith’s second book-length collection, Soul Be A Witness (MadHat Press), was published in 2016. His debut collection, A Mandala of Hands, was published by Aldrich Press / Kelsay Books in 2015. Smith’s poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for the Sundress Best of the Net Anthology. A Cave Canem Fellow, Smith earned his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of New Orleans. He teaches English at Southern University in Baton Rouge and runs a non-profit organization dedicated to education reform in Louisiana. Smith’s poetry can be found at www.johnwarnersmith.com.