John Warner Smith has published two collections of poetry: Soul Be A Witness (MadHat Press, 2016) and A Mandala of Hands (Aldrich Press, 2015). His third collection, Spirits of the Gods, is forthcoming from UL Press. Smith’s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Callaloo, Antioch Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Transition, Quiddity, and numerous other literary journals. His poetry has 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. His poetry can be found at