Torrey Smith is a writer and artist based in Portland, OR, where she lives with her husband, Mitch, and their Great Pyrenees, Poe. She is currently the associate editor/publicity coordinator for Spark Wheel Press.
Torrey received her B.A. in History and Writing, from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA in 2014. She then completed her M.A. in the Critical Theory and Creative Research Program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR in 2015. Her thesis, "Quote Culture and the Community of Mind: Towards a Critique of the Quippie," focuses on specific modes of idealism and elitism in digital language use, in particular, the appropriation of quotations within social media as identity markers, belief signatures, and formulaic acts.
Since 2014, Torrey has been learning as much as she can about embroidery, cross-stitch, and fiber-based art. Her work focuses on anatomical, floral, and geometric themes and she primarily works in a reverse blackwork style (white thread on black fabric). She showed her work with Nadia Shinkunas at the little gallery in Omaha in February 2017 as part of their collective show, Oscillating Bodies. In Spring 2017 and 2018, she was chosen as one of the Amplify Arts’ CSArtists. In 2017, she created a series of 50 unique fiber art pieces sold to patrons who purchased shares. In 2018, she wrote, collaged, and bound a poetry zine called popOMAHA, which explored the imagined intersection of the city of Omaha and modern pop culture. She has also shown her work in the windows of Forney Roth in downtown Omaha, at the OCI (2018), Omaha Design Center (2017), Cali Commons (2016), and the Petshop (2016-2018) in Omaha, NE, and at the Harvester Artspace Lofts (2018) and the RNG Gallery (2016) in Council Bluffs, IA.
Her poetry has been published in Nebraska's Best Emerging Poets, Towers & Dungeons: Lilac City Fairy Tales Vol. 4, Weird Sisters: Lilac City Fairy Tales Vol. 3, Love and Outrage, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Blueshift Journal, Heavy Edit, and Toothtaker. In March 2016, she released her first issue of Reality Bites, a submission-based pop culturally-driven publication, and Catalog, an interactive zine of poetry created out of an Anthropologie magazine. They are now in their 6th and 4th issues respectively.
You can find her work...
here on this website,
on Instagram @cross_smith_press,
on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheCrossSmithPress,
in Portland, OR starting SUMMER 2019,
and more to come!
All artworks on this site were created by Torrey Smith (aside from submissions for realityBITES, which are noted as such).