Emily Riley-Smith



Office:Ross 412
527 Farm House Ln
Ames IA


Emily Riley has lived, worked, and studied abroad in a few countries (but mostly her own) before joining ISU's Creative Writing and Environment program. In doing so, she was lucky to experience the intersections of language and culture firsthand while simultaneously learning to navigate new places and languages. She brings this spirit of adventurous exploration to her time at Iowa State as she throws herself into the murky waters of her fiction as well as the new friendships she has nurtured with her fellow writers.

Primarily a fiction writer, she's currently exploring Greek society in the Late Bronze Age and the mythologies that followed it to understand the ways many ancient stories reverberate through our world today. Her favorite authors are Margaret George, Jhumpa Lahiri, Madeline Miller, and Naomi Novik. When she isn't reading or writing, you can catch her admiring and attempting art, conducting cooking/baking experiments, and playing D&D with her friends.