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William Jay Smith

William Jay Smith Biography

Poet


ABOUT
Poet, children's author, and former U.S. Poet Laureate who is known for The World Below the Window, Celebration at Dark, and other poetic works. His poetry collections for children include Boy Blue’s Book of Beasts and Ho for a Hat!
BEFORE FAME
He studied at Washington University, Columbia University, and Oxford University. He was the 1945 recipient of the Young Poets Prize.

FAMILY LIFE
He was married to fellow poet Barbara Howes for nearly twenty years. The couple raised two children.
ASSOCIATED WITH
He and Latino-American author Benjamin Saenz both wrote poetry and children's literature.
TRIVIA
He was a two-time finalist for the National Book Award in poetry.

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