Published Work


riversalt. Flying Islands Books/ASM (Macao, China) and Cerberus Press (Maxwell via Bulahdelah, NSW), 2015.


Mining. Melbourne: Breakdown Press. 2008.

Scholarly Articles

‘”Beyond the Horizon, Out at Sea, A New Day Breaks”: Memory and Identity in Ingrid Pollard’s The Boy Who Watches Ships Go By.’ Liberation Begins in the Imagination: Writings on Caribbean-British Art. Eds. David A. Bailey and Allison Thompson. London. UK: Tate Publishing, 2021. 

Dr Karina Smith and Dr Lou Smith. ““The Sound of Unknowing”: Theorizing Race, Gender, and ‘Illegitimacy’ Through Jamaican Family Photography.” Journal of Women’s History. 30: 1. John Hopkins University Press, (Spring 2018): 107-128.

““Beyond the Horizon, Out at Sea, A New Day Breaks”: Memory and Identity in Ingrid Pollard’s The Boy Who Watches the Ships Go By.” EnterText 10.  Special Issue on Caribbean Literature and Culture: “Opening Out the Way(s) to the Future”. London: Brunel University, 2013; and in Ingrid Pollard Photography,

Selected Poetry in Peer-Reviewed Journals

“The Borderlands Between.” Verandah. 36. 2021. 5.

“Groundhog Day.” Authora Australis. Issue 1. 2020.

“Discrepancies”, “Intervention”, “Fault Lines” and “A Photograph of Absence.” Interviewing the Caribbean. “A History of Violence: The Making of Caribbean Society.” 2. 1. Winter 2016. 102-107.

“After the Downpour”, “Belgrave Rd” and “Home.” Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women’s Liberation. 42. 1 (2016): 108-109.

“Benjamin’s Jamaica Healing Oil Factory” and “Mark Lane, Kingston.” Caribbean Quarterly. 60. 3. 2014. 93-94.

“On Walking to See the Exhibition London, Sugar and Slavery” and “Apothecary.” EnterText 10. Special Issue on Caribbean Literature and Culture: “Opening Out the Way(s) to the Future”. London: Brunel University, 2013.

“The Hoons”, “Saturday” and “Bird’s Eye View.” Critical Animalia. October 2013. 30-35.

“The Intertidal.” The Caribbean Writer. 26, 2012. 27.

“New Year’s Eve 2009” and “Cloudburst.” antiTHESIS. 21, 2011. 143 and 172.

“The Mangroves.” SWAMP #8. 22 March 2011.

“Drought” and “Long Mountain House (College Common).”s x Salon. 3. 27 February 2011.

“Gargoyles.” antiTHESIS. 19, 2009. 218.

“Dermis” and “She is there.” SWAMP #1. June 2008.

“Migration” and “In Sea Fog.” Kunapipi: Journal of Postcolonial Writing and Culture. XXIX. 2, 2007. 18-21.

“For Uncle Tom.” Overland. 182. 2006. 63.

“Figs.” antiTHESIS. 16, 2006. 90.

“Voyage Through the Grey” and “Exile.” Wasafiri. 21. 1. Issue 47, March 2006. 49.

“Quarry.” Muse: University of Melbourne Postgraduate Association Journal, 2005. 45-46.

As Seeds between Teeth Split: “The Witness”, “The Naming”, “Memories and Talismans” and “This Silent Place.” Kunapipi: Journal of Postcolonial Writing. XXVII. 1, 2005. 42-51.

“Currawong: “The Sound of Unknowing”, “Memories and Talismans”, “My House”, “This Silent Place”, “Mrs Lady and Mr Man”, “Migration.” Strange Shapes: New Melbourne Writers, October 2004. 137-146.

Selected Poetry and Articles

‘brisk.’ South Broadway Ghost Society. 2023.
south broadway ghost society. lou smith

‘Evidence of Life.’ Rabbit. 36. 2022.

“As it Came to Pass”. soft surface. 2019.

“Snowdonia National Park.” Nine Muses Poetry. 4 February 2019.

“These river flats” and “Ash Island.” The Disappearing. Red Room Poetry, 2018.

Smith, Lou and TextaQueen. “The Milkman of Human Kindness.” The Lifted Brow. 36. (2017): 86-91; and in The Lifted Brow, February 28th 2018.

calidris ruficollis (smallest shorebird in Australia), a migration” in Flightpath. Ed. Virginia Jealous. Denmark, WA: Hallowell Press, 2017.

“The Follower”, “The Seat Near the Baths, Near the Beach”, “The Unseen”, “The Moon’s Burlesque”, “Hollow”, “Ode to Carey Bay”, ” Kintiirrabin (Lake Macquarie)”, “Our Secret Place”, “The Williams”, and “The Old Tree.” A Slow Combusting Hymn: Poetry from and about Newcastle and the Hunter Region. Eds. Kit Kelen and Jean Kent. Macao and Bulahdelah: ASM and Cerberus Press, 2014. 263-368.

“Metamorphosis” and”Drifting.” Moko Magazine: Caribbean Arts and Letters. Issue 3-July 2014.

“Pelican” and “Night War.” Animal Encounters. Dangar, NSW: Catchfire Press, 2012. 97 and 285.

“Remembrance”, “Setting Sail” and “The Sadness.” Mascara Literary Review #3March 2008.

“The Man.” Herding Kites: A Celebration of Australian Writing. Mulgrave: Affirm Press, 2008. 193-194.

“Canoe Pool”, “The Sound”, “The Sound II”, “The Baths”, “Under the Water”, “Nightswimming” and “Water.” A Place Tells a Story: An And Collective Book Project. Melbourne: And Collective, 2008. 10-17.

“Piggy-Boy” Unusual Work 4. Melbourne: Collective Effort Press, 2006.

“Permablitzing the Suburbs” an interview with Asha Bee. Resilience. Originally published in Eat the Suburbs / Energy Bulletin  2006.

“Seeking New Sounds.” Spinach 7. 1, Winter/Spring 2003.

Selected Editing and Proofreading 

2018–2016 Proofreader for contemporary arts magazine un Magazine.

2015 Editor, Thambarlam-ngirri Nyinge-nyinge Ngenarn Girli-girrim, My Feet are Itchy for Walking, Hector Jandany. Warmun Art Centre, East Kimberley, WA.

2015–2014 Chapter Coordinator, Radical Radio: Celebrating 40 Years of 3CR. 3CR Community Radio, Melbourne.

2014 Sub-Editor, Adding Pimento: Caribbean Migration to Melbourne, Australia. Eds. Karina Smith, Lisa Montague and Pat Thomas, in association with CaribVic, Melbourne: Breakdown Press.

2011–2010 antiTHESIS Editorial Collective, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne.

2010 Editor, Market Crossings: Plotting a Course through Preston Markets, Melbourne: Breakdown Press and TRAX.

2009 Editor, How to Make Trouble and Influence People: Pranks, Hoaxes, Graffiti and Political Mischief-Making from Across Australia, Melbourne: Breakdown Press.

2007 Editor, YOU: some letters from the first five years, Melbourne: Breakdown Press.

2007–2006 Copy Editor, NGO-in-a-box Open Source Website and CD Series, Tactical Technology, Poland.

2004 Co-editor with Eve Vincent of Scrapbook to Somewhere. Melbourne: Breakdown Press.

Interviews and Reviews

Franklin W Knight. Jamaica Observer. March 2nd 2011.

Shane McGrath. “How to Make Trouble and Influence People: Pranks, Hoaxes, Graffiti and Political Mischief-Making from Across Australia.” Artlink 30. 2. 2010.

H2W2: How to Do An Arts Project. Where to Get Help. Strawberry Hills, NSW: Australia Council for the Arts. 2004. 109.