William Jay Smith (born April 22, 1918) is an American poet. Events 1500 - Portuguese Navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral becomes the first European to sight Brazil. Year 1918 ( MCMXVIII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A poet is a person who writes Poetry. Etymology From the Ancient greek: ποιέω, poieō: "I make or compose" Born in Winnfield, Louisiana, Smith has studied at Washington University, Columbia University, and Cambridge University as a Rhodes scholar. Winnfield is a city in and the Parish seat of Winn Parish, Louisiana, United States. Columbia University is a private University in the United States and a member of the Ivy League. The University of Cambridge (often Cambridge University) located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the Rhodes Scholarship Rhodes scholar redirects here Rhodes Scholar redirects here Rhodes scholars He was appointed as Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress (the position now called Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress) from 1968 to 1970. The Library of Congress is the De facto National library of the United States and the research arm of the United States Congress The Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress is appointed by the United States Librarian of Congress and earns a stipend of $35000 a year A member of the Academy of Arts and Letters since 1975, Smith is noted for his translations for which he has garnered awards from the French Academy, Swedish Academy, and the Hungarian government. Translation is the interpreting of the meaning of a text and the subsequent production of an equivalent text likewise called a " translation L'Académie française, or the French Academy, is the pre-eminent French learned body on matters pertaining to the French language. The Swedish Academy (Svenska Akademien founded in 1786 by King Gustav III, is one of the Royal Academies of Sweden. Hungary (Magyarország 'mɔɟɔrorsaːg) officially in English the Republic of Hungary ( Magyar Köztársaság, literally Magyar (Hungarian Republic Smith is the author of ten collections of poetry of which two have been awarded the National Book Award. The National Book Awards are among the most eminent literary prizes in the United States. He presently lives in houses located in both Cummington, Massachusetts and Paris, France. Cummington is a town in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States. Paris (ˈpærɨs in English; in French) is the Capital of France and the country's largest city He serves as the Professor Emeritus of English at Hollins University. The meaning of the word professor ( Latin: professor, person who professes to be an expert in some art or science teacher of highest rank) varies English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States Hollins University is a four-year institution of Higher education, a private university located on a campus on the border of Roanoke County Virginia and
Smith's play "The Straw Market" appeared in Blackbird: An Online Journal of Literature and The Arts in Spring 2006.