Keenan Teddy Smith (CC'18) is a student and writer from Flint, Michigan. His writing has appeared in PAPER MagazineThe AdvocateAmerican Chordata, and The Shade Journal, among others. He was recently named an "Emerging Poet" by The Shade Journal for his poem, "The Unsung." Keenan writes as a practice of expanding the literary aesthetics possible for black queer and trans folks, with a particular focus on how sound, song, sex, and community are formed and undone through words. This poem was recently featured in the New York Times T Magazine.