The Morning After! #TINAL Book Launch

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.

TINAL book launch crowd: looking good

My next reading event will be May 1st! Details to come. I hope you’ll join me.

Happy Sunday!🌈

Good Friday Indeed! National Poetry Month 2021

(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!

My publisher sent me an awesome care package! Thank you BLF PRESS!

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!

Cherub’s Cup 😋

Cherub’s Cup

Here’s what you’ll need:

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! 🤗

That’s a Wrap! 2-12-21 ❤️

Finally! It’s the weekend!

Hey there Wordsmiths! I hope you’ve all had a good week! I made it through unscathed so I’m certainly not complaining. Especially since my request for vacation was APPROVED! ✔️

I ordered a couple of books Tuesday (I know, I know, but I NEED them). #TreatYourself 💅🏾

photo by Suad Kamardeen on Unsplash

I also virtually attended Carolina Poets poetry reading on Thursday and that was such a rejuvenating experience.

Galleys for #ThisIsNotAboutLove arrived this week and I’m absolutely smitten! Re-reading the poems in this collection I felt the flow, the energy, the healing all come back just as I felt it while writing. I think there is something in these pages for everyone.

Pre-order info can be found here on the BLF Press website. Readings and events are being scheduled too. I’m so ready to read and perform these poems for you.

This is Not About Love galleys

Valentines Weekend is here and I’m prepped and giddy with anticipation for Valentine’s activities starting tonight! I’m writing gratitude lists, crafting, reading #romance, sipping fizzy beverages and snacking in between naps. I’m celebrating the love I have for myself this year and the love I share with friends and community. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Until next time ✌🏾

#MondayMinute

10 Things about the upcoming release This Is Not About Love

Hey Wordsmiths! Happy Monday! I hope your V-day weekend was super sweet!

It’s well past lunchtime over here so I encourage you to eat something if you haven’t already. And enjoy these tasty tidbits a/b my upcoming poetry collection. Here we go:

1. I adore these poems! No question. Ask any writer what an accomplishment that is.

2. Exactly 2 of these poems were previously accepted by journals/mags but had to be pulled cos folks didn’t wanna ack right 🙃

3. One of the poems was first written while I was in undergrad at Appstate.

4. One poem mixes both English et française.

5. Parentheticals prove extremely important in this collection.

6. I tried my hand at a duplex after a Jericho Brown online class and Yaaas!! 👌🏾👏🏾

7. There are 3 previously published pieces in this collection.

8. I try my best to evoke time, and place in these poems.

9. These poems are about you! Yes, YOU!

10. I’ll be in conversation w/DeMisty D. Bellinger on April 10th (info below) and I hope you’ll join us to talk This is Not About Love. Get a copy here from BLF Press

ICYMI: Coming April 2021

Greetings beautiful people! So much has happened this year! Some good, some extremely bad, and all the in between. I hope you’re all adjusting and doing what you need to do for your mental and physical wellbeing.

I’ve been writing, thankfully. I don’t 100% know how but it’s what keeps me going. Having to focus on that has been so helpful.

And just in case you missed the announcement Friday BLF Press is publishing my 1st chapbook of poems.

Cover image: This is Not About Love

This is Not About Love explores the complexities of human emotion and relationships via memory, experience, and imagination. Smith reminds us that love is not a singular emotion, and romantic relationships are not paramount to happiness.”

If you’re interested in reviewing, contact BLF Press (info@BLFPress.com) and you can preorder by clicking here

Release Date: April 6th 2021

March Did That

I have to say March has really shown out for me this year. It’s been so exciting and challenging, and motivating. I’m still (in my mind) celebrating the launch of my first ever collection of short stories. Two Moons hit shelves March 20th and the reception so far has been a good one.

We held the book launch the same week at the Raleigh LGBT Center and I had a blast. Sure there was cake and bubbly to share, but for me the real fun was reading my stories out loud, discussing the who, what, why of those stories, and engaging with those of you who came. When I say I can’t wait to do it again, I really, really mean it. Thanks again to everyone who came out Saturday. You made my launch incredible.

Next up I’ll be at North Carolina Writer’s Network Conference (NCWN) in Greensboro, NC on  April 21st.  I’ll be manning the booth for publisher BLF Press. Come say hi and buy some books.

Speaking of books, if you haven’t already, you can still get signed copies of Two Moons from BLF Press. Click here to go straight to the bookstore. If you have your copy already, please write a review and post it on Goodreads. Reviews make things happen for books. It can be a short sentence or two, what you enjoyed and why. Every review helps get this book in the hands of new readers. Thank you!

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It’s Publication Day!

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Today is a very special day! It’s publication day. Two Moons is out in the world being magical, black, and queer as all get out.

I can’t wait for you all to hold it and read it and find yourselves in it.

You can get a copy from BLF Press or booksellers like amazon. Also, if you’re in North Carolina Saturday March 24th, I’d love to see you at the book launch. It’s being held at the Raleigh LGBT Center (324 S. Harrington Street) from 6pm-8pm. There will be a reading, discussion, some book signing, and cake! What could be better? Come on out!

Special thanks to everyone who helped me and who worked on Two Moons. It means so much to me to know y’all and to have your brilliance touch these stories. I’m forever grateful.

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Women are powerful.

 

 

January Is So Bookish

January is so bookish. Did you know?  First of all the entire month of January is National Book Month. (This means I can stay home all month and just read, right?)

Today is Book Publisher’s Day! Big ups to my publisher BLF Press  who supports women of color writers.  Working with BLF Press has changed my life in the most positive ways. It can do the same for you too. Check out the bookstore and treat yo’self.

Also, every day this week is National Book Week! So get your favorite beverage, sit in your favorite spot and read. You know you’re doing the Good Reads Book Challenge. So why not knock out a few books and shorten your TBR pile.

its not hoarding

Then to round out the month the fourth week is Celebrity Read a Book Week. I’m not exactly sure what this means. Does a celebrity read a book to someone or just to themselves? I need to dig a little deeper to see what this is all about. But it still could be cool.

Finding out just how bookish January is has given me a boost to pick back up with my reading. For the Goodreads challenge I hope to read 50 books this year. I have completed three books and I’m working on my fourth. I’m also in a book club and doing The Free Black Women’s Library Reading Challenge. That involves 30 books by black women but with other stipulations too. For example I have to read a vintage Black Feminist/Womanist text published before 1999. It’s like an awesome book treasure hunt.

What are your reading goals for 2018? Join a book club or do a challenge if you need some motivation. Just grab some books. It will improve your life!

 

Read All About It

I’m (still) currently reading Toni Cade Bambara’s The Salt Eaters. I got stalled on chapter 3 with Fred Holt the bus driver for a while. I’ve been reading slowly because  the prose is beautiful and careful and deliberate. I like Fred. The way he observers everything going on around him and splices it in with his own thoughts. But also I’m reading slowly because there are a lot of characters in the book and events don’t seem to be as clear as they seem (read: I got confused at the end of chapter two and had to reread it). It’s also a good book pairing for the current political times.

I’ve also been spending time on the Creative Nonfiction website reading stories of a true nature in preparation for a workshop assignment. The last time I wrote nonfiction I was in graduate school. The only feedback I remember from class was, “Krystal, this doesn’t sound like you.” Cringe…Everyone in that class was white and only an acquaintance, so I’m not sure what they expected after knowing me for five minutes. I mean…I think I know, but…

I enjoy nonfiction, but like my workshop group said it is out of my comfort zone. I’ve been batting ideas around and drafting, but I’ve not settled on one topic to write about yet. I don’t want to write about myself. I don’t like feeling exposed, up for examination. Besides there aren’t too many ways to creatively dress up events in my life. At least I don’t think so.

My literature students have been writing some creative essays on various short stories too. I’ve been thoroughly entertained by their discoveries from stories like Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper, Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron and Cheever’s The Swimmer. The end of the quarter is near and they have one more essay to write. Which means I have one more set of essays to read.

So lots of reading on my end.. I have this idea to revisit a few books I never finished for whatever reason. I have a short list growing in the back of my head. Once I finish Salt Eaters I’ll see what I can do. The guilt of not finishing a perfectly good book eats at me.

What are y’all reading? My TBR list is never too full. 🙂