Hope Anita Smith

Hope Anita Smith

Hope Anita Smith is the author of The Way a Door Closes and its sequel, Keeping the Night Watch. A professional story-teller, Hope teaches poetry-writing workshops to all grade levels. A native of Akron, Ohio, Ms. Smith now lives in Los Angeles, California.



  • Keeping the Night Watch: ALA Book Talk

    Cindy Dobrez talks about Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith In this stunning free verse follow-up to The Way a Door Closes, CJ learns to cope with life after his absentee father returns home. Keeping the Night Watch is a 2009 Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Buy it now wherever books are sold.

  • Ohio State Writers Talk: Hope Anita Smith

    Award-winning author Hope Anita Smith is a Writer-in-Residence at Ohio State University. She talks about her experience as a storyteller, artist, and an accomplished writer.



Mother Poems

Written and illustrated by Hope Anita Smith

Ayoung girl thinks of her mom as a superhero, a doctor, her North Star. She feels loved in her mother’s arms and capable of conquering the world. But when her beloved role model unexpectedly...


Keeping the Night Watch

Hope Anita Smith; illustrated by E. B. Lewis

So many unanswered questions weigh down thirteen-year-old C.J. as he struggles to understand why his father walked out. His father is back now, though C.J. is not as quick to forgive...


The Way a Door Closes

Hope Anita Smith; illustrations by Shane W. Evans

My best friend, Preacher, is being just that. His sermon today is on fathers and I am his congregation.“Dads are light. They have no roots.One strong wind, and they’re...