Laura Steadham Smith grew up on the edge of the Mobile-Tensaw delta in southwest Alabama. Her work has appeared in the Gettysburg Review, Post Road, Crab Orchard Review, and other magazines. She is the recipient of an AWP Intro Journals Prize, the George M. Harper Award, and the Hamlin Garland Fiction Award. Laura graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English and Music from Louisiana State University, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She taught first-year composition and special topics writing courses at Florida State University, where she earned an MFA in Fiction and a Certificate in Editing and Publishing in 2014.

Laura has lived across the Gulf Coast and in Hollabrunn, Austria. She currently lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she teaches AP Language and American literature. She is at work on a novel.