Optimized-me-loresHello and welcome to my website. My name is Charles R. Smith Jr. and I am a children’s book author, poet, photographer, personal fitness trainer and Mixed Martial Arts coach. As you can see, I have a wide range of interests so I divided my website into three sections, Mind, Body and Spirit to reflect all that I do. Mind covers my books, writing projects and photography. Body covers fitness and health. And Spirit covers what motivates and inspires me. I believe a strong body and a strong mind go hand in hand and are made even stronger by a positive spirit so feel free to jump between all three to see the role they each play in my life. I’m also a big fan of technology and social media so I’ve added lots of interactive tools to improve your website experience. My social media feeds are also right up front to keep the site fresh and updated so feel free to check back on a regular basis. Enjoy and thanks for visiting!


Books, Writing Projects, Photography and School Visits

To Mind


Health and Fitness

To Body


What Motivates and Inspires Me

To Spirit

Latest Book


IMG_182228 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World is out now. Published by Neal Porter Books at Roaring Brook Press and illustrated by Shane Evans, this book has gotten off to a great start with rave reviews, blog posts and videos. Go behind the scenes here and view my Twitter Feed to see what the hub-bub is all about! Listen to my poems here.




I'm An American Ninja Warrior!

That's right, I competed on American Ninja Warrior, season 9 (2017) and you can see me doing my thing as the Ninja Poet at 8pm on NBC, July 10th in Cleveland. I'll soon talk about my journey to competing on the show. I did some interviews and promos for it so check out these links to find out a little bit more. You can also check out my YouTube Channel to see how I train. 






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