I hope you’ll join me October 22nd for the BLLC online workshops. Register below.
I inadvertently took a lil break. It’s been good for me. It was needed. #Rest #TakingCare #TakingTimeForSelf #ListenToSelf
I have a few events coming up that I can’t wait to share! I’m ready to reconnect and be in community again. There are so many writers, artists, creative people that I’ve been learning from. It feels like a blessing to have access to them. #Gratitude🙏🏾
Stay tuned! And make sure you’re following on twitter (@authorkasmith)
Good afternoon, Wordsmiths! How are you on this somewhat shiny Saturday? I hope you’re well and rested. I had every intention of posting yesterday, but when I got home from work the Nap Monster was waiting for me. LOL! You know how I feel about naps…no resistance on my end. I needed the rest. This week was strange and confusing. But there were some sweet moments too. (I got a super cute phone call on Monday 😍, and on Wednesday a friend shared some long awaited awesome news. The third issue of my poetry journal for Black queer writers came out on Wednesday too. check out Inkwell Black and share, share, share. )
I think today I’m going to take it easy. I have some chores to knock out, and I need groceries (again), but I think I can fit in some chill time with my cat and a book. (Remembers I have to work on a poem for submission, and update another project, and…🥴Sheesh!)
Have you read This is Not About Love yet? Curious about it? Grab a copy and dive in. I hear it’s quite good.
If you have read This is Not About Love (#TINAL) will you do me a huge favor? Will you leave a review on Goodreads or Amazon or your blog? I would greatly appreciate it. The more reviews the more visibility for authors like me.
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It’s extremely cool to see your work show up on lists, and get reviews. This definitely helps authors get recognition and reach readers who might not otherwise consider one of my books. Check out the cool places where my work made the grade.
April’s Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books – Lambda Literary
2021 Poetry For the Rest of Us – Ms. Magazine
5 Authors Like Carmen Maria Machado – Book Riot
Two Moons Review – Forward Reviews
🤗 Makes me happy just to be recognized!
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This week has been too much and then some! I found my self disassociating because of the news, racism, and injustice.
I had to BLOCK some folks on social media (for their own good really cos folks play too much and don’t be ready for the TRUTH).
But I took stock of all that I’m grateful for and gave thanks this week. Also I had the pleasure of celebrating other people’s good news this week. That kept me lifted as well! And now the weekend is here blessing me with rest. 🙏🏾
Celebrate your life today!! Leave nothing on the table. 🥳💜
I’m still celebrating my latest book! This is Not About Love is getting excellent reviews and readership! Thank you to everyone who has shown off your copies and who have written reviews!
Are you curious what all the talk is about? Get a copy for yourself and a friend here
Upcoming Events :
May 1st at 6pm I’ll be in conversation with Almah LaVon Rice! Join us. Email for Registration
Good morning Wordsmiths! How you feelin’? You good?
I’m good. So good! 👌🏾
Last night’s book launch went off without a hitch! So much joy, love, book talk, and laughter. Being in community, sharing insights, and performing made me feel so absolutely lifted. This writing life ain’t bad at all.
Big thanks to everyone who joined us last night and asked awesome questions and engaged. Our conversation was not only fun but much needed. There is so much secrecy in publishing and there is no need for it. There is room for all of us.
My next reading event will be May 1st! Details to come. I hope you’ll join me.
Hey Wordsmiths! Do you know what today is? Of course you do!
It’s release day! This is Not About Love #TINAL is out in the world! I feel so happy, grateful, and free!
I’ve honestly always dreamed about writing poetry and stories and having my words published for all the world to see. Today is a dream come true! One of many!
I want to give a huge heartfelt THANK YOU to all you Wordsmiths! You show up, encourage, and support me with no question.
Also to my publisher BLF Press, thank you for taking a chance on me yet again. Stephanie I still look at your editorial notes and get chills! Lauren thank you for this banging cover! You did that!!!
JL Herndon, Jason B Crawford your blurbs brought me to tears! Thank you for taking the time to read my words and see me!
Friends, lovers (past and future) get ready. Grab a copy of this collection and be prepared to sit with how you feel and just know it’s all LOVE even though…This is Not About Love
Join me Saturday April 10th for conversation and community as we celebrate the launch of #TINAL
(Image by Trust “Tru” Katsande Unsplash 2018)
Happy Weekend, Wordsmiths! 🌈I’m excited for poetry month even though I celebrate poetry and writing all year there is something fun about a concentrated month of it. I won’t be writing a poem everyday this month. I did it last year and it took me out. By the end of the month my mental faculties were absolutely wiped! LOL
I’m so thankful to my publisher, BLF Press, who is dedicated to putting out incredible work by women of color. I feel so supported working with this Black press and having my work respected and taken seriously. I’m treated the same way and shown how much I matter in this industry. I received an awesome care package from BLF Press this week too with all the things writers need and love: A book of poetry, a fancy notebook, a totebag, and SNACKS! Thank you so much!
It’s been such a good week. With the release date for This is Not About Love right around the corner (April 6th) I feel excited! And I can admit also that I’m a little nervous. I keep telling myself this is normal. This is normal. 😬
As promised I found a tasty and refreshing recipe for our LOVE LIBATION!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 large strawberry, sliced
- 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 ounce simple syrup
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce elderflower liqueur
- 2 to 3 ounces sparkling dry rosé wine
- Strawberry, garnish
Assembly instructions here And of course adjust it to suit your tastebuds! 😋
I hope I’ll see all of you at the virtual launch event on Saturday April 10th at 6pm. It’s not too late to register. Use the link here.
Enjoy the weekend! 🤗
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I feel like this week TRIED it and lost! LOL 😆
I’m glad tho because we all have so much to offer ourselves, and each other. Being able to look into the center of a struggle or problem and pull ourselves to the other side is absolutely INCREDIBLE!
This week reminded me to rest, reach out, listen, and reimagine what could be.
Yeah, this week tried it & LOST! ✊🏾
Time to fall into the joys of the weekend! Sending you all #Rest #Peace #Support and #Healing🙏🏾
BLF Press presents Krystal A. Smith in conversation with DeMisty D.Bellinger. April 10th 6pm to 7:30pm EDT Register here