“I rely on writing and reading fiction that counters the inevitable anxiety of being human with some quiet—some room to breathe. Quietness can be a beautifully defiant radical act. Deliberately slow cooking, slow living, taking time to be grateful and to absorb things and aggressively avoiding the need to quickly comment on everything—these things spill over into both my writing practice and the stories and worlds I create.

Leesa Cross-Smith, in “Some Room to Breathe: In Praise of Quiet Books” in the May/June issue of Poets & Writers Magazine (2018)

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