Not a Typical Journey: Curtis Smith Interviews Merril D. Smith

Curtis Smith interviewed me for Small Press Reviews

Small Press Reviews

Merril D. Smith is a historian and poet with a Ph.D. from Temple University in American History. She is the author/editor of many works on history, gender, and sexuality. Her poetry has appeared in Black Bough Poetry, Anti-Heroin Chic, Fevers of the Mind, and others. She one of the hosts of the online dVerse Poets Pub. Her first poetry collection, River Ghosts was published in April 2022 by Nightingale and Sparrow Press. She lives in southern New Jersey near the Delaware River with her husband and cat.

You can find her at or on her blog, You can find

River Ghosts on Amazon:

or through the publisher, Nightingale & Sparrow:

Curtis Smith: Congratulations on River Ghosts. I really enjoyed it. I’m always interested in the journey of a first collection. How did you end up working with Nightingale and Sparrow? How has the process been?

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15 thoughts on “Not a Typical Journey: Curtis Smith Interviews Merril D. Smith

  1. I meant to add that I’m not a swimmer either but I love being near water. It’s funny. I know how to swim, even took swimming lessons as a kid and then as an adult. But when I enter the water, I feel like I’m in someone else’s environment, not my own. And yet, I love to be near water, to hear and see it, and I do love to wade, providing there’s no alligators about 😉

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