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CALM FACE: Stories by Bud Smith

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Welcome to Bud Smith’s New York, where you run out of gas on your way to work; where a set of keys goes missing at a New Year’s Eve party; where your neighbors are either nosy, naked, or screaming; where putting an inflatable hot tub in your apartment seems like the best/worst idea ever; where little kids break-dance on the subway; where the corner bodega becomes your only salvation in a city overtaken by nail salons; where friends text you selfies of themselves dying in hospital beds; where sometimes the only thing a person can really do to stop from unraveling is to keep a calm face.



“[Smith’s] writing effortlessly weaves together anecdotes from his life or work into great art.”—The Rumpus

“Bud is the happy prophet of the stupid world. He’s Walt Whitman, only married and working on an oil refinery.”—KEVIN MALONEY, author of Cult of Loretta

“Refreshing. Bud is a good one.”—Otherppl with Brad Listi

“[Smith] is Nick Hornby if you strapped him to a Tesla coil and launched him into a sun made of poetry.”—BEN LOORY, author of Tales of Falling and Flying


104 pages // Paperback

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BUD SMITH is the author of Double Bird, WORK, Dust Bunny City (with Rae Buleri), F 250, and Teenager (forthcoming from Tyrant Books). His writing has appeared at Hobart, The Nervous Breakdown, PANK, Wigleaf, Juked, and Barrelhouse, among other places. He works heavy construction in New Jersey, building and maintaining power plants and oil refineries.