Lou Smith is a poet and researcher of Welsh, Jamaican and English heritage who lives and works on Wurundjeri country in Melbourne, and who grew up on Awabakal and Worimi country in Newcastle, NSW. Her writing has appeared in various Australian and international journals and anthologies such as Wasafiri, Overland, The Lifted Brow, Soft Surface, Caribbean Quarterly, Nine Muses Poetry and Small Axe Salon. Her first book of poetry riversalt was published by Flying Islands Books in 2015. Lou has a PhD in creative writing from The University of Melbourne. She has received various grants and awards including a commendation in the Overland Magazine Judith Wright Prize for New and Emerging Poets (2007) and a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship (2016). Lou works as an editor, proofreader and sessional teacher of Creative Writing.
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I live and work in Narrm, Melbourne, on the land and waterways of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. I grew up in Muloobinba, Newcastle, on the land and waterways of the Awabakal and Worimi peoples. I pay my respects to Elders past, present and future and recognise that sovereignty has never been ceded.