Writer and poet John Fisher-Smith, father of three sons, retired architect and avid gardener, lives with his wife Dot in a passive solar home they designed in Ashland. He has written and read over a hundred "commentaries" on place and value, over Jefferson Public Radio. Forty of these are self-published as prose poems in Opening my Eyes; Old Fool Press; 2008.
Recognizing the need for poetry in our lives, the Oregon Poetic Voices Project (OPV) has begun to create a comprehensive digital archive of poetry readings that will complement existing print collections of poetry across the state.
"We each carry lines of poetry with us. Words that others have written float back to us and stay with us, indelibly. We clutch these "life lines" like totems, repeat them as mantras, and summon them for comfort and laughter."
-Academy of American Poets