William Jay Smith

Remembering William Jay Smith

By Rose Miyatsu on April 22, 2018

Exactly one hundred years ago today, poet William Jay Smith was born in Winnfield, Louisiana. The son of a clarinetist in the Sixth Army Band, Smith grew up on a military base in Jefferson Barracks just outside of St. Louis, an experience he describes in his memoir, Army Brat. Smith obtained both...

MLC Book Anniversary: The Straw Market

By k.lamb on February 29, 2016

William Jay Smith’s The Straw Market   Today–March 1st—marks the original release date for William Jay Smith’s comedic play, The Straw Market. The Straw Market premiered in 1966 at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, where Smith was then serving as a writer-in-residence. This sati...

Hello and Welcome!

By k.lamb on February 29, 2016

  Welcome to the Modern Literature Collection Blog We are excited to introduce the Modern Literature Collection Blog, a go-to resource for new acquisitions, current projects, and upcoming events related to the Modern Literature Collection, part of  Washington University Libraries’ Depa...