Krystal A. Smith & Isaac Hughes Green
Krystal A. Smith's bold new work explores the depths of our most revered human emotion: love. This is Not About Love: Poems explores the complexities of our capacity or inability to love via memory, experience, and imagination. Smith reminds us that love is not a singular emotion, and romantic relationships may not be the only path happiness.
“What is a Love poem if not a declaration of the ways we love ourselves through others? In This is Not About Love, Krystal A. Smith does just that, showing us pain and healing and lovin’ on yourself. Smith writes, “Forgiveness is not a weapon / it is a learning, it is a lesson / to give to yourself” and this is so true and evident in this collection. This is Not About Love is not about shame, it’s not about holding grief, it’s not about sorrow; Krystal is writing about forgiveness and we all needed that.”
—Jason B. Crawford, author of Summertime Fine
Isaac Hughes Green's short story, The First Time I Said It, published in The Georgia Review, was a winner of the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Award for Emerging Writers in 2021 and is published in Best Debut Short Stories 2021: The PEN America Dau Prize.
A professional creative for the last five years with work experience that stretches into the last ten, Isaac Hughes Green is a recent graduate of the fiction MFA program at North Carolina State University and a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. His writing has been published in The Georgia Review and Best Debut Short Stories 2021: The PEN America Dau Prize. He won the 2021 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2021 Jacobs/Jones African-American Literary Prize. He was longlisted for The Masters Review 2019 Fall Fiction contest. He received the Honorable Mention for the 2019 James Hurst Prize for Fiction. He's also screened a film in the Cannes Short Film Corner and has won several screenwriting awards and a cinematography award. He's been mentioned in LitHub, Hyperallergic, and Poets & Writers.
A North Carolina native, Krystal A. Smith (i.e. K.A. Smith) is a Black lesbian writer of poetry and speculative fiction. Her poems have appeared in Tulips Touching (2011) and recent short stories have appeared in Ladylit Publishing’s Summer Love: Stories of Lesbian Holiday Romance (2015) and Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Fiction (2016). Her debut collection Two Moons: Stories was released from BLF Press (2018) Krystal holds an M.A. in English from Western Carolina University, and a B.A. in English from Appalachian State University.