Crystal Simone Smith is the author of  two poetry chapbooks, Routes Home, Finishing Line Press (2013) and Running Music, Longleaf Press (2014). She is also the author of Wildflowers: Haiku, Senryu, and Haibun (2016). Her work has appeared in numerous 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 with her husband and two sons where she teaches English Composition and Creative Writing. She is the Managing Editor of Backbone Press.

Selected Honors and Awards

Duke University Humanities Unbounded Fellowship, 2020-2021

“Ebbing Shore” 2nd place honorable mentioned, Turtle Light Press Chapbook Contest, 2019

“Slave Museum” NCPS Bloodroot Haiku Award, 1st place, 2019

“One Window’s Light” Haiku Society of America’s Merit Book Award for best haiku anthology, 2018

“Black Girl Magic in Summers Past” James Applewhite Poetry Award, honorable-mentioned finalist, 2018

“Uncloudy Day” Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, Nimrod Literary Awards, semi-finalist, 2017

Ashber Initiatives Literary Arts Grant Award, 2016

“Plantation Tour” NCPS Griffin-Farlow Haiku Award, 2nd place, 2014

“Numb” and “Vitals”, nominated by Obsidian III for the Pushcart Prize, 2011

“King Baby” and “Life As A Machine” among the finalists for the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg 2012 Poetry Prize

“Daydreamer” honorable mentioned for the NC Poetry Society 2012 Joanne Scott Catherine Award

Affiliations and Memberships

South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop Alum, Napa Valley Writer’s Conference Alum, Yale Summer Writer’s Conference Alum, NC Writers Network, NC Poetry Society, North Carolina Haiku Society, Carolina African American Writers Collective, Haiku Society of America, Juxtapositions: Research and Scholarship in Haiku Editorial Board Member