Positions

Overview

  • Founder and publisher of the award-winning literary imprint Lookout Books, Emily Smith teaches publishing arts at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she directs The Publishing Laboratory and serves as publisher for the magazine Ecotone. She was recently named Wilmington’s Woman of Achievement in the Arts, as well as UNCW’s Lecturer of the Year. Her poems have appeared in Southern Review and Best New Poets, among others, and she has received fellowships from Hambidge, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg fund, the Studios of Key West, and the Hub City Writers Project.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2016-01-01 The Next Generation of Editors and PublishersBoulevard magazine2016-01-01
    2013-12-01 A Conversation with Photographer Andreas FrankeEcotone.  9:1. 2013-12-01

    Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2018-01-01 What Becoming a Mother Has Taught Me about HomeHouse Method, Three Ships2018-01-01
    2015-01-01 About the CoverEcotone2015-01-01

    Book

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022-01-01 Bigger Than Bravery: Black Resilience and Reclamation in a Time of Pandemic.  Lookout Books. 2022-01-01
    2016-01-01 Overnight Success of Lookout Books.  Literary Publishing in the 21st Century. 2016-01-01
    2015-01-01 The Paradox of Stillness.  Salt. 2015-01-01

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    2020-01-01 The Wilmington Connection -- The Hub City Writers’ Project: The First Twenty-Five Years.  Hub City Press. 103. 2020-01-01
    2016-01-01 The Overnight Success of Lookout Books -- Literary Publishing in the 21st Century.  Milkweed Editions. 225-238. 2016-01-01
    2015-01-01 The Junction.  Electric Literature. 2015-01-01
    2015-01-01 Winter Beach Run.  27 Views of Wilmington: The Port City in Poetry and Prose. 31–38. 2015-01-01

    Document

    Year Title Altmetric
    2020-01-01 Original cover images. My Only Sunshine, The Patron Saint of Dreams, Through the Pale Door, and In the Garden of StoneThe Hub City Writers’ Project: The First Twenty-Five Years. 71. 2020-01-01
    2019-01-01 This Is My Body: A Memoir of Religious and Romantic Obsession by Cameron Dezen HammonLookout Books. 2019-01-01
    2018-01-01 Trespass: Ecotone Essayists Beyond the Boundaries of Place, Identity, and Feminism, foreword by May-lee ChaiLookout Books. 2018-01-01
    2017-01-01 Ecotone magazineEcotone magazine. 2017-01-01
    2017-01-01 Ecotone magazine CraftEcotone magazine. 2017-01-01
    2016-12-01 Imaginary Children -- Belle Boggs’sCatapult. 2016-12-01
    2016-01-01 Ecotone magazineEcotone magazine. 2016-01-01
    2016-01-01 Ecotone magazine Country and CityEcotone magazine. 2016-01-01
    2016-01-01 Interview with artist Andrew BlanchardEcotone. 124. 2016-01-01
    2016-01-01 We Show What We Have Learned & Other Stories by Clare BeamsLookout Books. 2016-01-01
    2015-01-01 Ecotone magazine SoundEcotone magazine. 2015-01-01
    2015-01-01 Honey from the Lion by Matthew Neill NullLookout Books. 2015-01-01
    2015-01-01 Interview with writer Jeff SharletEcotone. 112–114. 2015-01-01
    2015-01-01 Tenth anniversary Ecotone magazineEcotone magazine. 2015-01-01
    2014-01-01 American Photograph,” “One Day My Grief Up and Quit,” and “Fields, Drifting Apart”The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VII: North Carolina. 222–224. 2014-01-01
    2014-01-01 Astoria to Zion: Twenty-Six Stories of Risk and Abandon from Ecotone’s First DecadeLookout Books. 2014-01-01
    2014-01-01 Ecotone magazineEcotone magazine. 2014-01-01
    2014-01-01 Ecotone magazine SustenanceEcotone magazine. 2014-01-01
    2014-01-01 Interview with artist Kirsten SimsEcotone. 2014-01-01
    2014-01-01 The Whiskey Baron by Jon SealyHub City Press. 2014-01-01
    2013-05-01 A Conversation with Paula RebsomEcotone. 88-101. 2013-05-01
    2013-01-01 Ecotone magazineEcotone magazine. 2013-01-01
    2013-01-01 Ecotone magazine MigrationEcotone magazine. 2013-01-01
    2013-01-01 In the Garden of Stone by Susan TekulveHub City Press. 2013-01-01
    2013-01-01 River Bend Chronicle: The Junkification of a Boyhood Idyll amid the Curious Glory of Urban Iowa by Ben MillerLookout Books. 2013-01-01
    2012-04-01 A Conversation with Harry TaylorEcotone. 98. 2012-04-01
    2012-01-01 Ecotone magazine AbnormalEcotone magazine. 2012-01-01
    2012-01-01 Ecotone magazine RemembranceEcotone magazine. 2012-01-01
    2012-01-01 The Patron Saint of Dreams by Philip GerardHub City Press. 2012-01-01
    2012-01-01 When All the World Is Old: Poems by John RybickiLookout Books. 2012-01-01
    2011-09-01 A Conversation with Harry UnderwoodEcotone. 106. 2011-09-01
    2011-07-01 three poems in New SouthNew South / Georgia State University. 2011-07-01
    2011-04-01 "American Photograph" and "All Right"The Southern Review. 4 pages. 2011-04-01
    2011-04-01 five poems in Apartment D: Five Years of WritersHub City Writers Project. 2011-04-01
    2011-01-01 Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories by Edith PearlmanLookout Books. 2011-01-01
    2011-01-01 Ecotone magazineEcotone magazine. 2011-01-01
    2011-01-01 Ecotone magazineEcotone magazine. 2011-01-01
    2011-01-01 Ecotone magazineEcotone magazine. 2011-01-01
    2011-01-01 Ecotone magazineEcotone magazine. 2011-01-01
    2011-01-01 Ecotone magazine HappinessEcotone magazine. 2011-01-01
    2011-01-01 God Bless America: Stories by Steve AlmondLookout Books. 2011-01-01
    2011-01-01 Waking: Poems by Ron RashHub City Press. 2011-01-01
    2010-11-01 After Reading about How to Attract Martins to Gourd HousesBest New Poets, published by the University of Virginia / Meridian. 1. 2010-11-01
    2010-01-01 Checking Out: Poems by Tim PeelerHub City Press. 2010-01-01
    2010-01-01 Ecotone magazine Sex & DeathEcotone magazine. 2010-01-01
    2010-01-01 Fifth Anniversary Ecotone magazineEcotone magazine. 2010-01-01
    2010-01-01 My Only Sunshine by Lou DischlerHub City Press. 2010-01-01
    2009-08-01 four poems in Show & Tell: Writers on WritingThe Publishing Laboratory. 5. 2009-08-01
    2009-06-01 Remnants in Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and GratitudeHoly Cow Press. 2. 2009-06-01
    2009-01-01 Ecotone magazineEcotone magazine. 2009-01-01
    2009-01-01 Ecotone magazine EvolutionEcotone magazine. 2009-01-01
    2009-01-01 Expecting GoodnessHub City Press. 2009-01-01
    2009-01-01 Through the Pale Door by Brian RayHub City Press. 2009-01-01
    2008-01-01 Ecotone magazineEcotone magazine. 2008-01-01
    2008-01-01 Still Home: The Essential Poetry of SpartanburgHub City Press. 2008-01-01
    2007-11-01 Spartanburg Revisited: A Second Look at the Photographs of Alfred and Bob WillisHub City Writers Project. 21. 2007-11-01
    2007-03-01 Small Hours in Front Porch JournalTexas State University-San Marcos. 1. 2007-03-01
    2007-01-01 Ecotone magazineEcotone magazine. 2007-01-01
    2006-01-01 Driving Home from a FuneralSpartanburg Journal. 31. 2006-01-01
    2006-01-01 Ecotone magazineEcotone magazine. 2006-01-01
    2006-01-01 Interview with the PastKakalak 2006: An Anthology of Carolina Poets. 62. 2006-01-01
    2006-01-01 Like Sunlight UnravelingColumbia Poetry Review. 106. 2006-01-01
    2006-01-01 Seven Tears for Joseph Cornell in Tar River PoetryEast Carolina University. 30-31. 2006-01-01
    2006-01-01 To the Chimney SwiftsSpartanburg Journal. 31. 2006-01-01
    2005-01-01 Close of SeasonSmartish Pace. 100. 2005-01-01
    2005-01-01 Ecotone magazineEcotone magazine. 2005-01-01
    2005-01-01 Why She Was So SweetThe Journal. 71-73. 2005-01-01

    Presentations

    Principal Investigator On

  • Arts & Audiences Grant 2012-09-01 - 2013-06-01
  • Arts & Audiences Grant 2011-08-01 - 2012-05-01
  • Investigator On

  • Literary Arts Emergency Grant to support ongoing research and publication of Lookout Books 2022-01-01 - 2023-01-01
  • South Arts grant to support the launch of Bigger Than Bravery 2022-01-01 - 2023-01-01
  • South Arts grant to support Writers’ Week, Department of Creative Writing 2020-01-01 - 2021-01-01
  • Academic Affairs’ Faculty Development and Course Preparation Grant to support summer research toward CRW 540 2020-01-01
  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) organizational grant to support the work of Ecotone and Lookout Books’ publication of Trespass 2018-01-01
  • South Arts grant to support the launch of Trespass 2018-01-01
  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) organizational grant to support the work of Ecotone and Lookout Books 2017-01-01
  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) organizational grant to support the work of Ecotone and Lookout Books 2016-01-01
  • South Arts grant to support writing workshops and educational tour by Clare Beams to launch We Show What We Have Learned 2016-01-01
  • South Arts grant to support writing workshops and educational tour by Matthew Neill Null to launch Honey From the Lion 2015-01-01
  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) organizational grant to support the ongoing work of Ecotone and Lookout Books’ publication of Astoria to Zion: Twenty-Six Stories of Risk and Abandon from Ecotone’s First Decade 2013-01-01
  • North Carolina Arts Council presentation grant to support workshops and educational tours 2012-01-01 - 2013-01-01
  • North Carolina Arts Council presentation grant to support writing workshops and educational tours by two authors 2011-01-01 - 2012-01-01
  • Teaching Overview

  • publishing arts, book design, history of the small press, editing, poetry, entrepreneurship in the arts
  • Full Name

  • Emily Louise Smith