Photo by Chris Stein

Photo by Chris Stein

 
 
 

Iris Smyles is the author of the novels Iris Has Free Time and Dating Tips for the Unemployed, which was a semi-finalist for the 2017 Thurber Prize for American Humor. Founder and editor of the web museum Smyles & Fish, she edited and wrote the afterword for the cult book, The Capricious Critic by Ari Martin Samsky, based on a column she commissioned for that site. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vogue, BOMB, Paris Review Daily, Guernica, Hotel, McSweeny's Internet Tendency, and Best American Travel Writing among other publications, anthologies, and artist catalogs. She was a humor columnist for Splice Today, wrote the "Sheets to the Wind" column for The East Hampton Star, and was the subject of a 2013 documentary by Michael Almereyda called, "At Home with Iris Smyles."