A Reading & Book Signing with Crystal Simone Smith & Mesha Maren

Join authors and Duke faculty members, Crystal Simone Smith and Mesha Maren, as they read from their recent books. 

Hunky Dory
718 Ninth Street
Durham, NC

Dark Testament: Blackout Poems
by Crystal Simone Smith

In this extraordinary collection, the award-winning poet Crystal Simone Smith gives voice to the mournful dead, their lives unjustly lost to violence, and to the grieving chorus of protestors in today’s Black Lives Matter movement, in search of resilience and hope.

About the Author
Crystal Simone Smith is a poet, indie-publisher, and educator. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks, Down To Earth (2020), Running Music (2014), and Routes Home (2013). She co-authored, One Window’s Light, A Collection of Haiku, edited by Lenard D. Moore (2017), 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 work has appeared in numerous journals including Prairie Schooner, POETRY Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, Frogpond, and Modern Haiku. In 2020, she received a Duke University Humanities Unbounded Fellowship. She writes poetry about the human condition and social change.

Perpetual West 
by Mesha Maren

The riveting new novel by the acclaimed author of Sugar RunPerpetual West is a brilliant and evocative story of borders—between countries, between lovers, and between facets of the self.

About the Author
Mesha Maren is the author of Sugar Run. Her work has appeared in the Oxford American, the GuardianTin House, the Southern Review, and elsewhere. She was the recipient of the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, an Elizabeth George Foundation grant and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation. She is an assistant professor at Duke University and also serves as a NEA Writing Fellow at the federal prison camp in Alderson, West Virginia.

Event date: 
01/17/2023 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
718 Ninth Street
Durham, NC
Dark Testament: Blackout Poems By Crystal Simone Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250854360
Availability: available for order
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - January 3rd, 2023

Perpetual West By Mesha Maren Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643753409
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - January 17th, 2023