Jessy Lauren Smith is a Chicago writer who now lives in LA. She has been an artist-in-residence with the Ragdale Foundation and internationally renowned artists group Blast Theory, and a finalist or semifinalist for honors including the Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Conference, the WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Screenwriting Lab, the Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship, the Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition, and The Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program. She has taught playwriting and screenwriting through Embarc Chicago, the Education Justice Project, and Northwestern University (where she received her MFA), and has told stories with 2nd Story, That Maxwell Bitch, Wild & Sublime, This Much Is True, and giftLIT. Jessy is a founding member of Living Room Playmakers, a playwright-driven collective that writes plays for unusual spaces, and a co-creator of The Advent Project, a multimedia, online calendar that features the original work of 24 different artists in support of a worthy cause. You can find her on Twitter or Instagram as @jessylaursmith.