Lou Smith is a Melbourne-based poet of Welsh, Jamaican and English heritage who grew up in Newcastle, NSW. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications including Nine Muses Poetry, The Lifted Brow, Caribbean Quarterly, Mascara Literary Review, Wasafiri and sx Salon. Her first book of poetry riversalt was published by Flying Island Books in 2015. Lou has a PhD in Creative Writing from The University of Melbourne. She is currently working on her second book of poetry set in her hometown of Newcastle during the Great Depression.