I’m Leesa Cross-Smith, a preacher’s daughter from Kentucky. An INFJ, a highly sensitive person, an empath. I am Southern and sentimental and easily startled. I love Jesus and being peculiar. Bind 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, clogs, cowboys, moonlight, starlight, sunlight, making pies, ornithology, being in Oprah magazine, 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's hands, Father John Misty dancing, Father John Misty pulls up to the Chateau Marmont in a rented Hyundai, Just, Father John Misty in gen, Caleb Followill’s voice, One Direction, Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Liev Schreiber’s speaking voice, Donald Glover, ABBA, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, "Try A Little Tenderness," "Africa" by Toto, California, Lana Del Rey songs/vibes, Miranda Lambert, all JuNk GyPsY everything, Rihanna + all Fenty everything, Jeff Buckley, Taylor Swift + Taylor Swift lyrics, “Free Fallin” + the lyrics to “Free Fallin’” + covers of “Free Fallin’,” Hayley Williams's singing voice, Sam Hunt, The Civil Wars, American History, Ken Burns’s The Civil War, Shelby Foote talking abt The Civil War, Ken Burns’s Baseball, Ken Burns’s docus in gen, Art Deco, Roman Holiday and Sabrina, Audrey Hepburn, Julie Andrews, Ella Fitzgerald, Ella Fitzgerald + Louis Armstrong, Francis + Zelda, The Great Gatsby, “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” Cher, Paul Newman, James Bond movies/James Bond title sequences, Sylvia Plath's letters & journals, Badlands, Sissy Spacek’s wardrobe in Badlands, Steve McQueen, Steve McQueen's wardrobe in The Thomas Crown Affair, the chess/kissing scene in The Thomas Crown Affair and also Steve McQueen's plush orange robe in The Thomas Crown Affair, Old Hollywood, old-timey musicals, "Cheek to Cheek," Nina Simone, Elvis Presley, all Marilyn Monroe everything, Some Like It Hot, Chanel No. 5, The Secret History, Jax Teller, hands-in-pockets Jim Halpert, John Krasinski's speaking voice, Jon Hamm's speaking voice, Aidan Turner’s accent + hair, Michael Dorman’s speaking/singing voice, Michael Dorman’s face/smile, Beto O’Rourke, Lisbeth Salander, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Sandra Bullock, Sandra Bullock movies, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal, Jake Gyllenhaal’s huge blue eyes, Jake Gyllenhaal movies, Jake Gyllenhaal in sunglasses, Jake Gyllenhaal doing things, Demolition, Ben Covington, Jess Mariano, too many tv shows (but I really love PEN15, Russian Doll, Broad City, Patriot, Plan Cœur, You, Fleabag, Lovesick, Salt Fat Acid Heat, The Great British Bake Off, Bodyguard, Doctor Foster, Stranger Things, and Killing Eve right now. Felicity, The Office, Wonderland, New Girl, Sons of Anarchy, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Globe Trekker, The Night Manager, Lost, Friday Night Lights, Mozart In The Jungle, Gran Hotel, Happy Endings and Graceland are my oldskool/forever favorites), Felicity sweaters, mumblecore, playing The Sims, the soothing ritual of my skincare routine, hyaluronic acid, Caudalie, rose caviar essence, sheet masks, dreaming of a beauty fridge, Glossier, Into The Gloss, flower waters, rose water, clementine + honey, 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, "In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning," "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World, Sandra Oh’s face, Jodie Comer’s face, the clothes on Killing Eve, truly enjoying KUWTK, Paddington, Wilco, words words words words words, A Bigger Splash, Donnie Darko, p much any movie I was obsessed w in high school or college, Gwendolyn Brooks, Dario Marianelli, period pieces, Jane Austen, every Jane Austen adaptation, Pride & Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, Sense & Sensibility, Death Comes To Pemberley, Becoming Jane, Mansfield Park, Matthew Rhys as Mr. Darcy, Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy, Keira Knightley as Lizzie Bennet, JJ Feilds as Mr. Tilney, Keira’s green dress in Atonement, and Atonement in gen before Briony walks into the library, the Twilight movies, Robert Pattinson’s singing voice, Vampire Weekend, Luke from Lovesick, the Harry Potter series, 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, Oscar Isaac/Oscar Isaac singing in 10 Years/Oscar Isaac singing Bon Iver, Anne Hathaway, musical/theatre ppl, Zazie Beetz + Zazie Beetz's hair, Charlie Hunnam, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael B. Jordan, Timothée Chalamet, shine shine shine, Jamie Dornan's nose, Sinatra, jazz standards, JFK Jr., reading abt the Kennedys, the Royal Family, Cillian Murphy talking/smoking, military dramas, crime family dramas, true crime documentaries, The Marvel Universe, Superman, Tom Hiddleston's speaking voice, Benedict Cumberbatch's speaking voice, Penn Badgley’s speaking voice, Chris Evans's speaking voice, Before We Go, Chief Hopper/Chief Hopper smoking, Winona Ryder/Winona Forever, Dirty Dancing + 80s movies in gen. Also 90's movies. Nick + Jess on New Girl, Winston Bishop + Prank Sinatra + classic Winston-Cece's mess arounds + how much everyone on that show truly loves one another, Jake Johnson + Jake Johnson's onscreen kisses, Misty Copeland, ballet, Margo Price, Loretta Lynn’s Honky-Tonk Feminism, being riotously feminine, Barbra Streisand, Neko Case, Thelma & Louise, Reality Bites, Harry Styles’ hair, Aaron Tveit singing and dancing and existing, Phil Collins, country/bluegrass music, psychedelic rock, tie-dye, 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, food writing, 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, Aaron Rodgers in a Bon Iver t-shirt, 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 and fanciness too, 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 can be purchased here! (Hub City Press, March 2018)
I have two forthcoming books. A short story collection called SO WE CAN GLOW (Grand Central Publishing, 2020) & a novel THIS CLOSE TO OKAY (Grand Central Publishing, 2021).
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.]
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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) and the forthcoming short story collection So We Can Glow (Grand Central Publishing, 2020) and the forthcoming novel This Close To Okay (Grand Central Publishing, 2021.) 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. The novel Whiskey & Ribbons was longlisted for the 2018 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and listed among Oprah Magazine’s “Top Books of Summer.” She was a consulting editor for Best Small Fictions 2017. Her work has appeared in Oxford American, Best Small Fictions 2015, NYLON, Alaska Quarterly Review, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, SmokeLong Quarterly, Little Fiction, Wigleaf Top 50, Longform Fiction, Carve Magazine, Synaesthesia Magazine, Paper Darts, Hobart, Pithead Chapel, Gigantic Sequins, Folio, American Short Fiction (online), Midwestern Gothic, Juked, Word Riot and many others. She and her husband Loran run a literary magazine called WhiskeyPaper. Find more @ LeesaCrossSmith.com and WhiskeyPaper.com.
-Little Fiction, 2012
-Carve Magazine, 2013
-Boog City, 2013
-Midwestern Gothic, 2013
-SmokeLong Quarterly, 2013
-Michael Alexander Chaney, 2014
-Welcome to Ladyville: Creative Ladies, 2014
-Literary Orphans: Tavern Lantern, 2014
-That Lit Site, 2014
-Kathy Fish’s blog, 2014
-Anne Leigh Parrish’s blog, 2014
-Synaesthesia Magazine: Americana Issue, Spring 2014
-Other Ppl Podcast w/Brad Listi, Summer 2014
-What Are You Reading? Podcast w/Matt Debenham, Summer 2014
-Lit Out Loud: Smile Politely, Summer 2014
-Keep Louisville Literary, Summer 2014
-Mr. Bear’s Violet Hour Saloon Podcast, Summer 2014
-This Podcast Will Change Your Life w/Ben Tanzer, Summer 2014
-MashStories, Summer 2014
-Meet the Writer: Leesa Cross-Smith @ Grab the Lapels, October 2014
-Highly Textured Writer, January 2015
-Writer With Kids, January 2015
-The Female Gaze, April 2015
-Atticus Review, April 2015
-Superstition Review, April 2015
-Bartleby Snopes, Women Who Flash Their Lit, January 2016
-Entropy, January 2016
-Take Five with Leesa Cross Smith, Easy Street, February 2016
-Fear No Lit, Visual Interview, September 2016
-Fail Better: Fear No Lit, Interview, July 2017 (Finding Wonder With Fiction Writer Leesa Cross-Smith)
-The Minotaur's Spotlight, Interview, August 2017
-Leesa Cross-Smith is Taking Back Kentucky, Interview w/Latria Graham @ Electric Literature, February 2018
-Kentucky Novelist Leesa Cross-Smith To Read @ Carmichael's, Interview w/Eli Keel @ Insider Louisville, March 2018
-Louisville Writer Leesa Cross-Smith's Novel Is Filled With Music, conversation w/Ashlie Stevens @ WFPL, March 2018
-Conversation w/Gail O'Neill @ ArtsATL, March 2018
-Conversation w/Lois Reitzes on ATL NPR, March 2018
-On Obsession, Cigarettes, Chanel Bar Soap, C.E. Morgan and Winter Precipitation: An Interview w/Leesa Cross-Smith (conversation w/Elizabeth Ellen), March 2018
-Lit & Bruised w/Matt & John, March 2018
-By Accident and On Purpose, Interview w/Monet Thomas @ The Rumpus, March 2018
-Leesa Cross-Smith explores the uniqueness of love in her debut novel, interview w/Jeff Sykes @ LitSouth, April 2018
-Leesa Cross-Smith Recommends, Writers Recommend @ Poets & Writers, April 2018
-Five Things: Writer Leesa Cross-Smith is Quietly Radical @ WFPL (Louisville NPR), May 2018
-Conversation w/Omaria Pratt @ New Limestone Review, September 2018
-Paper Darts. Micro-Fiction Contest Judge Promo, November 2018
-Multitudes and Realness, an interview with Leesa Cross-Smith @ Superstition Review, December 2018