Creative Writing

Lookout Publisher and Author Featured on TK Podcast

Lookout Books publisher and creative writing faculty member Emily Louise Smith appeared on a recent episode of bestselling author James Scott’s (The Kept) TK Podcast. Listen to find out more about the publishing program that makes UNC Wilmington’s MFA and BFA programs unique, including an in-depth discussion of The Publishing Laboratory, which Smith directs, Ecotone magazine, for which she serves as Publisher and Art Director, and the hands-on publishing course that supports the work of imprint Lookout Books.

Lookout author Clare Beams, whose short story “World’s End” Scott edited for the literary magazine One Story, also appears on the episode. Beams’s debut story collection, We Show What We Have Learned, is a finalist for the prestigious Young Lions Fiction Award, which was announced last week. The award carries a $10,000 prize.

Established in 2009, Lookout grew out of collaboration between UNCW's Publishing Laboratory and Ecotone, the creative writing department’s award-winning national literary magazine. Under faculty leadership, students read and edit manuscripts, design books and collateral materials, develop marketing and publicity strategies, and help plan author book tours.

Emily Louise Smith (far right), editor Beth Staples, and members of Smith’s graduate Lookout practicum course celebrate the launch of Clare Beams’s We Show What We Have Learned.