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Crystal Simone Smith

Crystal Simone Smith, 2020
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Crystal Simone Smith (born September 15, 1973, Takoma Park, Maryland, U.S.A.) poet, indie-publisher, and educator. Her work, principally about the human condition and social change, has appeared in numerous journals, including Prairie Schooner, Poetry Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, Frogpond, and Modern Haiku. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks and the full-length Dark Testament: Blackout Poems (2023) for young adults. In 2017 she coauthored One Window’s Light, a collection of haiku by African American poets, which won the Haiku Society of America’s Merit Book Award for Best Haiku Anthology. In 2019, she won the North Carolina Poetry Society Bloodroot Haiku Award. Her chapbook Ebbing Shore: Haiku and Photographs won a 2022 Touchstone Distinguished Book Award from The Haiku Foundation. In 2020, she received a Duke University Humanities Unbounded Fellowship. She is a member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective and the North Carolina Haiku Society and serves on the editorial board of THF’s Juxtapositions. Smith teaches in the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University, and resides in Durham, North Carolina.


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Updated on July 29, 2023