An intern with Deep South, Kayla Smith grew up near Picayune, Mississippi, in a community too small to have its own mailing address. She graduated from Brown University last May, where she double-majored in English Literature and Literary Arts, for which she received honors. She spent the past year back in the South and will return to the Northeast in the fall to begin her MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia's School of the Arts. For the summer, she’ll be working as a teaching assistant for a Duke program at the University of Georgia. Even when she's not in the South, Kayla knows that she will never lose her love for Cajun food, sweet tea and William Faulkner. Follow her on Twitter @KaylaMSmith89.