Hi y'all!

I’m Leesa Cross-Smith, a preacher’s daughter from Kentucky. An INFJa highly sensitive person, an empath. I am Southern and sentimental and easily startled. I love Jesus and being peculiarBind my wandering heart to Thee. I’m God’s little creature, a homemaker, a wife, a mama & a writer of fictions. I love my bearded husband & our little babies & stuff like: kindness, coziness, hygge, knitting, cowboys, making pies, ornithology, tomboy style, Birkenstocks, being a Hufflepuff, haberdashery, DMB, The Avett Brothers, Jason Mraz, Kip Moore & Kip Moore's tank tops, Bon Iver, Sturgill Simpson, Father John Misty pulls up to the Chateau Marmont in a rented Hyundai, Caleb Followill’s voice, One Direction, Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Liev Schreiber’s speaking voice, Otis Redding, "Try A Little Tenderness," "Africa" by Toto, California, Lana Del Rey songs/vibes, Miranda Lambert, all JuNk GyPsY everything, The Civil Wars, Ella Fitzgerald, Cher, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Chanel No. 5, Jax Teller, hands-in-pockets Jim Halpert, Ben Covington, Jess Mariano, too many tv shows (but I really love Atlanta, The Night ManagerPoldark, Mozart In The Jungle, Stranger Things and Superstore right now. FelicityThe OfficeSons of Anarchy,  Lost, Friday Night LightsGran Hotel, Happy Endings  and Graceland are my oldskool favorites.) mumblecore, the names of flowers/plants + lyrics to "Find The River" by R.E.M.: ocean storm, bayberry moon...bergamot and vetiver...of ginger, lemon, indigo, coriander stem and rose of hay, all lavender everything, "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King & "I Hear A Symphony" by The Supremes, "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World, truly enjoying KUWTK, Wilco, words words words words words, period pieces, A Bigger Splash, Gwendolyn Brooks, Jane Austen, Harry Potter, musicals, Hamilton and #hamiltrash, Leslie Odom singing "Wait For It," Sufjan Stevens, Fiona Apple, Stevie Nicks, Stevie Nicks + Lindsey Buckingham staring @/singing to each other, Zazie Beetz + Zazie Beetz's hair, Charlie Hunnam, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jamie Dornan's nose, JFK Jr., reading abt the Kennedys, Cillian Murphy talking/smoking, military dramas, crime family dramas, Chief Hopper/Chief Hopper smoking, Winona Ryder/Winona Forever, Misty Copeland, ballet, Loretta Lynn’s Honky-Tonk Feminism, Thelma & Louise, Reality Bites, Harry Styles’ hair, Aaron Tveit singing and dancing and existing, Phil Collins, country/bluegrass music, Grateful Dead, Bob Marley, sk8boarding culture, roller skating rink music, the 90s, Star Wars, Grease, Bathsheba Everdene + Gabriel Oak, skee ball, cacti, swimming in the ocean, southern living, farms, backyard vegetable gardens, composting, yoga, walks in the morning, walks after dinner, reading everything, rooibos tea all day, the Outlander series, the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers' Hail Marys, Derek Jeter’s jump throw, Bryce Harper’s hair, Kevin Kiermaier’s eyes, Mike Trout’s toe tap, Maxwell Scherzer's bright blue eye and Maxwell Scherzer's dark brown eye, Steph Curry’s jump shot, baseball and basketball and football + my tv + me watching it, #sportsemotions, Kentucky, Nashville, New Mexico, Mason jars, cardigan sweaters, winged eyeliner, trashy jewelry, simple/intentional living, minimalism, quiet, hippie music/stuff & basically anything that is awesome.


My debut short story collection Every Kiss a War can be purchased here! (Mojave River Press, April 2014)
My debut novel Whiskey & Ribbons is available for pre-order here! (Hub City Press, March 2018)
I am represented by Kerry D’Agostino @ Curtis Brown, Ltd.
I’m co-founder/editor @ WhiskeyPaper.
I write a column called THE GLIMMERING HUSH for Oxford American: The By and By.
I write a TinyLetter called KITCHEN MUSIC.
I write a Beat called LINE DRIVE @ Real Pants.
I’m a contributor @ Enclave.
I write MY WEEK IN BASEBALL over @ Medium.
My Facebook author page.
My public Instagram.
My Goodreads author page.
My Directory of Writers listing over @ Poets & Writers.
EMAIL: leesacrosssmith AT gmail DOT com.
[Official author photos by the gorgeous Mickie Winters.]

1. Tumblr (brightlywound/where I reblog things like pictures of knives clipped to pockets/baseball games/sparklers)
2. Tumblr (leesacrosssmith/list of my publications, recent & forthcoming)
3. Tumblr (everykissawar/mood board for my book)
4. Tumblr (whiskeypaper/our literary magazine)
5. Twitter (@leesacrosssmith/for listing publications & talking abt books/stuffs)
6. Twitter (@kissingwhiskey/my personal locked twitter where I talk about things like movie scenes/country songs that make me cry)


Leesa Cross-Smith is a homemaker and writer from Kentucky. She is the author of Whiskey & Ribbons (Hub City Press, 2018) and Every Kiss a War (Mojave River Press, 2014). Every Kiss a War was a finalist for both the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (2012) and the Iowa Short Fiction Award (2012). Her short story “Whiskey & Ribbons” won Editor’s Choice in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest (2011) and was listed as a notable story for storySouth‘s Million Writers Award. She was a consulting editor for Best Small Fictions 2017. Her work has appeared in Oxford AmericanBest Small Fictions 2015, The Rumpus, SmokeLong QuarterlyLittle FictionWigleaf Top 50Longform FictionCarve Magazine, Synaesthesia Magazine, Paper Darts, Hobart, Pithead ChapelGigantic SequinsFolioAmerican Short Fiction (online)Midwestern GothicJukedWord Riot and many others. She and her husband Loran run a literary magazine called WhiskeyPaper. Find more @ LeesaCrossSmith.com and WhiskeyPaper.com.