Pepper Smith (1964 - December 28, 2017) was born Sydney Lamar Smith III in Oxford, MS. He earned degrees in English from Millsaps College and Journalism from Ole Miss. He was co-editor of The Center for the Study of Southern Culture's Rejoice! magazine, worked as a missionary in Honduras and China, and served in the Peace Corps in Szechuan, China before moving to the DC region. Smith worked as an Artist Communities Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2006 to his early death at age 53. He lived in Ellicott City MD.
Beltway Poetry Quarterly: http://www.beltwaypoetry.com/poetry/poets/names/pepper-smith/
Submitted by Kim Roberts, January 2014; revised January 2017