Lily Houston Smith


Book Reviewer | Cultural Critic | Editor | Reporter | Producer


Lily Houston Smith is a freelance writer, audio producer, and copyeditor based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. She contributes unsigned fiction reviews to Kirkus Reviews, edits book reviews and reading lists for Laid Off NYC, and pet sits around New York and New Jersey. Her writing has been featured in Guernica, The Rumpus, LA Review of Books, The Fine Print, Vol.1 Brooklyn, Chicago Review of Books, and elsewhere. Previously, she was the editorial intern at Lapham’s Quarterly. Lily holds a BA in Classical Languages from Bard College and an MA in Cultural Reporting & Criticism from NYU.

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, domesticated animals, television, real and imagined dystopias, addiction, horror movies, graphic novels, Twitter gossip, body dysmorphia, trashy reality TV, and dead languages. 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