A former 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, where she double-majored in English Literature and Literary Arts, for which she received honors. She is now pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia's School of the Arts. 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.