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's hands, Father John Misty dancing, 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, Donald Glover, 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 The Crown, The Night ManagerPoldark, Mozart In The Jungle, Doctor Foster, Stranger Things and Superstore right now. FelicityThe OfficeNew Girl, Sons of Anarchy,  Lost, Friday Night LightsGran Hotel, Happy Endings  and Graceland are my oldskool/forever favorites.) mumblecore, the soothing ritual of my skincare routine, 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, "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, Michael B. Jordan, Timothée Chalamet, shine shine shine, Jamie Dornan's nose, JFK Jr., reading abt the Kennedys, the Royal Family, Cillian Murphy talking/smoking, military dramas, crime family dramas, Chief Hopper/Chief Hopper smoking, Winona Ryder/Winona Forever, Jonah + Amy on Superstore, 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, 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 can be purchased 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.]

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5. Twitter (@leesacrosssmith)


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.


-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