Leesa Cross-Smith | Episode 25

This is our first episode with a writer that is not Atlanta based. While we do have plans to have more guests that are not from the ATL, we couldn’t have planned for a sweeter, more amazing guest from way outside the perimeter to have on the show.


Leesa Cross-Smith stopped by as she came into town to promote her debut novel Whiskey & Ribbons. Her captivating stories often leave people wondering what kind of genre or label to put on Leesa. 

Always trying to create beyond these terms she’s very happy that people don’t know how to label her work. “I’m not trying to be radical or anything, “ she laughed. “This is honestly just how I am.”

Leesa reads from Whiskey & Ribbons and as should be expected, John was very happy to have someone from and to talk with Kentucky about.

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Leesa Cross-Smith is a homemaker and writer from Kentucky. She is the author of Whiskey & Ribbons (Hub City Press, 2018) and Every Kiss a War (Mojave River Press, 2014). Every Kiss a War was a finalist for both the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (2012) and the Iowa Short Fiction Award (2012). She and her husband Loran run a literary magazine called WhiskeyPaper. Find more @ LeesaCrossSmith.com and WhiskeyPaper.com.

We hope you enjoy the episode.