LaShawnaé Smith Smith, better known as LaSpeaks Volumes, is a poet, educator and author. Born and raised in Los Angeles. At a young age, she decided school was her safe haven. She ignored her circumstances and strayed away from the same streets that killed her father by hiding in her studies. Her dedication to her education led her to a Bachelors degree from UCLA and Masters from USC. Also, just beginning her journey as an author of her first book, “Naked: A Woman’s Unfiltered Truth in Poetry and Testimony,” and is a middle school and high school English teacher.