Orlando Smith is the International Library of Poetry 1999 Editors Choice Award winner. He will be listed in the 2003-2004 edition of the National Registry of Who's Who in Executives and Professionals as a publisher. His writing and speaking career spans seven years with his poems and essays being published by several entities including The Legions Of Light Magazine, Quill Books and his essay "Black History Should Be Taken Seriously" was published by the Amory Advertiser in Februa ry 1998. He has addressed numerous audiences including city election cand idates and incumbents during the 1997 (Amory) city election rally on the need for youth development and political awareness.
More recently VIP Memphis Magazine printed his work in the 2001 November Issue under the pen name "Ietellygent". In 2003 he will release his Young and Confused? from Our World Poetry. Young and Confused? is a follow up to his 1999 chapbook Our World Volume 1.
The 25-year-old poet is a member of the Memphis Black Writers Conference and volunteer tutor with the Memphis Literacy Council located in Memphis, TN. He is originally from Amory, Ms, where he will be returning 2003, but now resides in Millington, TN. He plans to pursue Master and Doctorate degrees in the chosen fields of Sociology and Philosophy.
You can contact Mr. Smith via e-mail at OurWorldPoetry262@msn.com or by sending an e-mail to TimBookTu and it will be forwarded.