SHANNA L. SMITH is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages at Jackson State University. She earned her doctorate in American Studies, specializing in African American Literature and Culture, at the University of Maryland College Park. A native of Kentucky, Smith is an Affrilachian Poet.
Spriggs, Bianca Lynne, and Jeremy Paden, editors. “Biographies.” Black Bone: 25 Years of the Affrilachian Poets, University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2017, pp. 151–156.