Poetry Reading with Crystal Simone Smith and Joellen CraftLongleaf Press presents a reading with Crystal Simone Smith and Joellen Craft.

Crystal Simone Smith is author of the poetry chapbooks, Down to Earth, Longleaf Press (2021); Running Music, Longleaf Press (2014); and Routes Home, Finishing Line Press (2013). She is also author of Wildflowers: Haiku, Senryu, and Haibun (2016). Her work has appeared in numberous journals, including Callaloo, Nimrod, Barrow Street, Obsidian II: Literature in the African Diaspora, African American Review, and Mobius: The Journal of Social Change. She is an alumna of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and the Yale Summer Writers Conference. She holds an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte and lives in Durham, NC, where she teaches English Composition and Creative Writing. She is the Managing Editor of Backbone Press.

Joellen Craft is a one-time Durhamite who now lives in Salisbury, Maryland. Her poems have recently appeared in The Fourth River, The Penn Review, Radar Poetry, and The Collagist, who nominated her poems for a Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook, The Quarry, won L + S Press’s 2020 Mid-Atlantic Chapbook Prize. She teaches English at Wor-Wic Community College.
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