Allison Smythe received her B.F.A. in Design Communication from Texas Tech University and, after beginning her design career in Boston, returned to Texas to pursue an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Houston and to launch the award-winning design firm, Ars Graphica. She relocated to Columbia in 2006, with Ars Graphica transitioning into a virtual studio servicing corporate clients across the United States in graphic design and marketing. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and, in 2007, she helped launch “Hearing Voices/Seeing Visions,” a monthly artist and writer series held at Orr Street Studios in downtown Columbia. In addition, she regularly volunteers her time and talents in support of community enrichment programs from the Columbia Art League to the Unbound Book Festival. Allison joins the Kinder Institute as a Program Coordinator, handling, among many other things, travel, events, marketing design, and multimedia production.