Keri Smith

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Keri Smith is an author, illustrator, guerrilla artist, and maintainer of the blog "The Wish Jar".[1][2] Smith's writing is usually on the topic of creativity. Her books include bestsellers such as Wreck this Journal, How to be an Explorer of the World, The Guerilla Art Kit, Living Out Loud: Activities to Fuel a Creative Life, and Tear up this Book! She has also written for such publications as How Magazine.

Smith is also a freelance illustrator and has most recently worked for Random House, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Boston Globe as well as for companies like Ford Motor Company, Gallison/Mudpuppy Press and Hallmark. In the last few years (before 2011) she has given lectures on a variety of topics for various institutions and schools across North America.


Keri Smith is the author of several bestselling books about creativity:

  • Living Out Loud – Activities to Fuel a Creative Life (published in 2003 by Chronicle Books)
  • Tear up this Book! : The Sticker, Stencil, Stationery, Games, Crafts, Doodle, And Journal Book For Girls! (published in 2005 by American Girl)
  • Wreck this Journal (published in 2007 by Perigee)
  • The Guerilla Art Kit (published in 2007 by Princeton Architectural Press)
  • How to be an Explorer of the World – the Portable Life/Art Museum (published in 2008 by Perigee)
  • This is not a Book (published in 2009 by Penguin Books)
  • Mess: A Manual of Accidents and Mistakes (published in 2010 by Penguin Books)
  • Finish This Book (published in 2011 by Penguin Books)
  • Pocket Scavenger (published in 2013 by Penguin Books)
  • Everything is Connected (published in 2013 by Perigee)

Personal life[edit]

Keri spends her days playing with her husband and son, reading, cooking and writing books. As from fall 2010 she teaches part time at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


  1. ^ PBS Interview
  2. ^ Keri Smith's Website