Gian Smith is a New Orleans based artist. His craft spans over several media including writing, acting, and video production, but he is probably most notably recognized as a spoken word poet. Gian has made several television appearances, some on local New Orleans stations, some international including VH1 And HBO. His poem ‘O Beautiful Storm’ was featured in a preview for season 2 of HBO’s Treme which resulted in an interview on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition. The three commercials Smith featured in ran over the course of about four months on HBO.
Smith is also well known locally for his community organization including NOYOpresents: Pass It On open mic. He and his partners have co-hosted the event since November of 2008. Smith can often be found at local high schools and middle schools when asked to speak to children and aspiring poets.