Lily Houston Smith


Audio Producer | Podcast Editor | Essayist | Critic | Reporter


Lily Houston Smith is a freelance writer, audio producer, and copy editor based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Her book reviews, essays, and interviews have been featured in The Rumpus, LA Review of Books, Guernica, Vol.1 Brooklyn, Chicago Review of Books, Cleveland Review of Books, and Soft Punk Magazine. She also contributes unsigned book reviews to Kirkus Reviews. When she isn’t writing and reading, Lily edits and co-produces the podcast, All in a Day’s Work, edits book reviews and reading lists for Laid Off NYC, and pet sits for tiny critters across New York and New Jersey.

In 2016, Lily received a BA in Classical Language and Literature from Bard College, where she wrote a thesis on comedy and wine in Classical Athens. In 2020, she was a recipient of the William C. Mullen Memorial Fund to continue work on a project related to these themes. Currently, she is pursuing an MA in Cultural Reporting & Criticism at NYU, which she expects to complete in December 2021. 

Recently, Lily’s mom suggested Lily be more specific about her interests on her website, and this suggestion struck Lily as helpful but also filled her with despair. You see, Lily’s interests are unwieldy and appear to have no common thread. She writes about books, art, music, film, television and is interested in domesticated animals, alcoholism, phenomenology, real and imagined dystopias, horror movies, graphic novels, the art of the listicle, loneliness, Twitter discourse, body dysmorphia, video games, trashy reality TV, and dead languages. Most recently, she watched Fate: The Winx Saga and, contrary to popular opinion, believed it to be the best television series ever made. 

You can see what Lily is up to by following her on Twitter: @Lily_H_Smith