Creative Writing

Emily Louise Smith

assistant professor
director of The Publishing Laboratory,
publisher, Lookout Books and Ecotone

Kenan 1105 | 910.962.7401 |

Emily Smith




MFA, UNCW, 2006
BA, Davidson College, 1999





  • Wilma magazine Women to Watch Award nominee in education, 2017
  • Writer-in-Residence, Rivendell Writers' Colony, 2016
  • Truro Center for the Arts residency, 2015
  • The Studios of Key West residency, 2013
  • UNCW Lecturer of the Year, 2011
  • Woman of Achievement in the Arts, 2011
  • Hambidge / NEA New Artist Initiative residency, 2011
  • Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, 2010
  • Best New Poets, 2010
  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts residency, 2010
  • Writer-in-Residence, Hub City Writers Project, 2006-07
  • Byington Fellow, UNCW, 2005

Emily Louise Smith
directs The Publishing Laboratory and teaches courses including Introduction to Book Publishing, Bookbuilding, Book Marketing and Publicity, the Business of Being a Writer, Writers’ Week Symposium, the Publishing Practicum, and other special topics.

She is publisher of the award-winning sister literary imprints Lookout Books, which she co-founded in 2009, and Ecotone, for which she also served as designer or art director from 2005 through 2017. Under her leadership, Lookout titles have won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Paterson Fiction Prize, and have been named finalists for the National Book Award, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, the Young Lions Fiction Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among many others.

Her writing—on the art of publishing, mentorship, running, motherhood, and place—appears in Outside, House Method, the Southern Review, Boulevard, Best New Poets, Salt, and Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century (Milkweed), among other publications.


Articles & Interviews


Photo credit: Mallory Cash