Kayla Rodney is a New Orleans native with a B.A. from Xavier University of Louisiana and an MFA from San Diego State University. She writes about the power and intimacy of hurricanes and the African influence on both Louisiana and her personal history. She also thinks there can never been too many poems about what it means to be black in America. Currently, she is studying for her PhD in English at the University of Florida with the intent of doing research on African diasporic religion and its effect on black women’s literature.