Photo of Kelundra Smith
Photo of Kelundra Smith

Kelundra Smith

Kelundra Smith is an Atlanta–based journalist, playwright, and theater critic whose goal is to connect people to cultural experiences and each other. Kelundra honors her ancestors and elders by writing about their Southern food and art.

Expertise: Southern Food and Culture

Experience: Kelundra Smith started her career working for arts nonprofits. After a few years, she recognized writing was her true love and "defected" to journalism. Today, Kelundra primarily writes about artists, entrepreneurs, and chefs from historically excluded communities. She is editor-at-large at ArtsATL and contributing editor at American Theatre magazine. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Garden & Gun, Oxford American, and elsewhere. Additionally, Kelundra teaches workshops nationwide about addressing cultural identity in cultural criticism. She is also a playwright, with the artistic mission to restore Black people's place in the American theatrical canon and carry their stories around the world.
The award-winning Atlanta chef talks gender roles, mentorship, and the boundary-breaking soul food at her restaurant, Twisted Soul.
In Atlanta, one of the top cities in the nation for Black-owned businesses, the uneven effects of the coronavirus pandemic have been pronounced.
For Killer Mike, T.I., and many Atlantans, the shuttering of Bankhead Fish & Soul marked not just the loss of a restaurant, but another casualty of gentrification.
The restaurants at Crosstown Concourse support refugees, fund food education, and help combat homelessness.
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