In The Margins E2: Running and Writing

An Interview with Crystal Simone Smith

E2 Guest: Poet Crystal Simone Smith


Crystal Simone Smith, poet and Managing Editor of Backbone Press,  discusses her new chapbook, “Running Music” (Longleaf Press, 2014) which explores her experiences as a  runner, family, and grief. As one who began writing professionally as an adult, Smith says, “It’s never too late to find poetry.”

Crystal Simone Smith was raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland and educated in North Carolina at Bennett College, UNC-Greensboro, and Queens University of Charlotte. She is also Managing Editor for Backbone Press and currently lives in Durham, NC, where she teaches Composition and Creative Writing.

Podcast Notes

Inspirational Poets


Routes Home (Finishing Line Press) by Crystal Simone Smith
Finishing Line Press:

Running Music (Longleaf Press) by Crystal Simone Smith
Longleaf Press:

Haiku Poetry Form

Inspirational Poetry

Crystal’s Book Recommendations

North Carolina Poetry Networks

North Carolina Poetry Society:


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