Valerie Smith is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Professional Writing with
a concentration in Creative Writing at Kennesaw State University where she is a Graduate
Teaching Assistant of first-year composition. She is currently in her second internship
with the Georgia Writer’s Association and serving as a Graduate Assistant with the
KSU Writing Center.
Valerie is a creative writer, and her poems have most recently appeared in Exit 271:
Your Georgia Writers Resource and BlazeVOX15. She has been selected to read her poetry
at the Decatur Book Festival and KSU’s Symposium of Student Scholars. She also lectured
on critical communication for the 2017 Metro-Atlanta Collegiate Leadership Summit.
Understanding that research is invaluable to her creativity, she plans to contribute
to the research into the Ethics of Housing, particularly regentrification due to sports
entertainment venues in the Atlanta area.