Lou Smith is a Narrm (Melbourne)-based poet and researcher of Welsh, Jamaican and English heritage who grew up in Muloobinba (Newcastle, NSW). Her writing has appeared in various Australian and international journals and anthologies, and 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, her research and writing exploring both place and the photographic image as sites of memory. Lou was the recipient of a 2016 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship. She works as an editor, proofreader and sessional teacher of Creative Writing.

For ten years Lou co-programmed The DIY Arts Show on 3CR Community Radio, Melbourne and, in the late nineties, an eighties music show called Eighty Degrees in the Shade on 2NUR Community Radio, Newcastle. Lou has been a zine maker and was an early member of Octapod, the organisation which instigated The National Young Writers’ Festival, part of This is Not Art Festival, Newcastle. Lou also played keys in the bands Sycorax, Yootha Joyce, The Beef Curtains, and Suzanne Grae and the Katies. She is the co-founder of Breakdown Press, an independent publisher based in Melbourne.

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PO Box 1283,
Carlton, Vic, 3053


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.