Laura Gross Smith was born and raised in Berkshire County and held a variety of jobs before deciding that all she really wanted to do was teach and write. Recently she was commissioned to write a series of poems for a choral piece, "Wu Xing," performed by Crescendo in April 2013. Her first book of poetry, Spring’s Third Day, was published in 2010. Her work has also appeared in Spirituality & Health Magazine, Blackstick Review, Pathways Journal, and The Berkshire Eagle. She attended Mount Holyoke College for English and Medieval studies and for her MAT. MHC is where she fell in love with Dante, Boccaccio and Chaucer. She lives in Sheffield, Mass., with her son Zachary, four fantastic felines and two unruly Siberian huskies.