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Every Kiss a War

Leesa Cross-Smith


The short fiction man-are-you-gonna-dig-this debut collection from Raymond Carver Short Story Contest winner and Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award finalist, Leesa Cross-Smith, provocatively entitled Every Kiss A War. These stories crackle with their characters’ energy, and Leesa’s storytelling genius captivates both heart and mind; the combined effect is nothing short of addiction.

Dara Van Dusen

Sound by
David Clarke

Magnus Borge

Produced by
Film14 and Dara Van Dusen

Aiesha Dukes and Jequan Jackson


Leesa Cross-Smith is a consummate storyteller who uses her formidable talents to tell the oft-overlooked stories … creating crisp, evocative moments that will linger long after you’ve read this book’s very last word.

Roxane GayAuthor of An Untamed State

Her writing is exquisite and fearless, exposed and bleeding onto the page. Every story without exception is smart, gentle, heartbreaking, and most importantly, real.

Kathy FishAuthor of Wild Life
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Leesa Cross-Smith

Leesa Cross-Smith is a homemaker and writer from Kentucky. She is the author of Every Kiss a War (Mojave River Press, 2014). Her short story collection was a finalist for both the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (2012) and the Iowa Short Fiction Award (2012). Her short story “Whiskey & Ribbons” won Editor’s Choice in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest (2011) and was listed as a notable story for storySouth’s Million Writers Award. Her work has been nominated for Best of the Net and has appeared in places like SmokeLong Quarterly, Little Fiction, Longform Fiction, Carve Magazine, Monkeybicycle, Pithead Chapel, Gigantic Sequins, Folio, American Short Fiction (online), Midwestern Gothic, Juked, Word Riot, Sundog Lit, The Rumpus, and many others. For more please visit: