|Joel Smith, the author of The Parish: An AmeriCorps Story, lives and writes in Tucson, Arizona. In 2007, he joined AmeriCorps NCCC. That year, his team completed projects in Beaumont, TX, Denver, CO, St. Paul, IN, and St. Bernard Parish, LA. His time in AmeriCorps led him to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona, where he first met Ryan in 2009.
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