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By Hannah Romero
Staff Writer 

Area poet releases collected work


April 28, 2022

Hannah Romero

Barbara Smith, a retired English instructor and poet, reads from her recently-published book "Putting a Name on It" during a reading Friday at Western Wyoming Community College.

"People stop along the highway to outline names in rock against the alkali sand and salt. A rock might anchor a name in this wind and shifting light."

Barbara Smith read these lines from her poem "Putting a Name on It" to a room full of people at Western Wyoming Community College last Friday night. The poem is also the namesake of Smith's newly released book - her first full-length poetry collection.

Smith taught at Western for 38 years, was chair of the Humanities Division, and directed the Wesswick Lecture Series in the Arts and Education, bringing almost 100 visiting writers to campus,...

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