Clint Smith is a teacher, writer, and doctoral candidate at Harvard University. He is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion and was a speaker at the 2015 TED Conference. He has received fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. His poems and essays have been published or are forthcoming in The Guardian, Kinfolks, American Literary Review, Harvard Educational Review, Still: The Journal, Off the Coast and elsewhere. He was born and raised in New Orleans, LA.