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. 

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I've appeared in publications like AlterNet,  The GuardianBitch MagazineTruthoutThe Daily DotYes! MagazineJezebelSalonEsquireThink ProgressxoJane, Catapult, Longreads, Atlas Obscura, Rooted in RightsTeen VogueTimeNerveVICEThe WeekBustleIn These TimesVoxRolling StoneMicPacific 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 Projectand 2018's (Don’t) Call Me Crazy (Algonquin Young Readers).

Photo: Jim Burakoff/Silver Curmudgeon Photography