Steffani Clemons was born and raised in Mississippi and Alabama. She studied English Literature and Anthropology at the University of Alabama. Steffani began working in the arts with the Kentuck Arts Center in 2005. Currently, she works in New Orleans for the National Performance Network (NPN)/ Visual Artists Network (VAN) within the Local Network Program. The main thrust of Steffani’s work with the arts has concerned the primitive and folk traditions of the Deep South; however, she has always been keenly interested to explore where folk traditions intersect with contemporary art—how the two inform/transform the landscapes of our world and speak to/from our communities.