Melissa Smith teaches AP Literature, 11th grade American Literature, and Creative Writing in Huntersville, NC. She is 2017 District Teacher of the Year, an AP Reader, an NCETA Executive Board member, and a National Board Certified Teacher. She has presented at NCTIES, WVELA, NCETA, WLU Summer Institute, NCTE, and the AP Annual Conference, and is currently co-authoring a book on teaching poetry. Melissa is also a co-author of the Instructor’s Manual and AP Correlation Guide for the 13th high school edition of The Norton Introduction to Literature. She is a contributing author for aplithelp.com., the NCTE Verse project; she is the creator of the #TeachLivingPoets hashtag, and the manager and editor of teachlivingpoets.com. She was the Keynote speaker at the NCETA 2019 spring symposium, featured in the Spring 2019 issue of NEATE News, and was a 2018 National Poetry Month guest on Education Talk Radio. Her work is focused on complicating the canon, supporting teachers, and empowering students through poetry. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @MelAlterSmith.