s.e. smith is a Northern California-based writer and journalist.
mostly trees, partially concrete
I’m s.e. smith, a Northern California-based writer and journalist, and I’m passionate about making things; I particularly enjoy the experience of making things come alive in text, whatever they may be. Thomas Paine once said the pen is mightier than the sword, and that’s an idea I can get behind. There’s something mystical, powerful, and intensely exciting about the written word, and the ability it has to transcend boundaries to create lasting change, speak to readers in unexpected ways, and have a profound impact on social attitudes.
My focus as an essayist and journalist is on social issues like reproductive justice, disability rights, class, LGBQT subjects, death and dying, the rural US, and politics. My work is grounded in lived experience, intersectional principles, and providing mentoring and support to emerging writers.
I've appeared in publications like AlterNet, The Guardian, Bitch Magazine, Truthout, The Daily Dot, Yes! Magazine, Jezebel, Salon, Esquire, Think Progress, xoJane, Catapult, Longreads, Atlas Obscura, Rooted in Rights, Teen Vogue, Time, Nerve, VICE, The Week, Bustle, In These Times, Vox, Rolling Stone, Mic, Pacific Standard, and Rewire.News. You may also have heard me on the airwaves of the BBC, WBUR, KJZZ, KPFA, and the CBC, or seen me speak at conferences like the Midwest LGBQT Health Symposium and Sirens.
My work has been printed in numerous anthologies, including 2013’s Get Out of My Crotch!, 2015’s Feminist Utopia Project, 2018's (Don’t) Call Me Crazy (Algonquin Young Readers), and the forthcoming Letters for the Rest of Us (Columbia University Press).
Photo: Jim Burakoff/Silver Curmudgeon Photography