Mery Smith is discovering herself and helping others in her new role as Spokane’s poet laureate

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Spokane’s fifth Poet Laureate Mery Smith, under the bridge in Peaceful Valley.

At 38 years old, Mery Smith says she has just begun to live her life.

It took her about the same amount of time to consider herself a poet. Now, she holds the title of Spokane’s poet laureate, a cultural ambassador for both the written and spoken word.

Smith is the fifth poet to hold the title since Spokane Arts created the program in 2013, even though she never

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