Jess Smart Smiley

Jess Smart Smiley makes pictures with his bare hands.

Stories By Jess Smart Smiley

The Night My Fiancé Died—and the Questions the NYPD Won’t Answer

As my fiancé’s life slipped away in front of my eyes I stood by, shocked that the cops didn’t perform CPR. When I saw the same thing happen in the Eric Garner chokehold...

The Second Life of St. Nicholas, The Cat

My attempt to preside over peace between my mom and her mother-in-law's kitty.

Money Can’t Buy Happiness, But It Can Buy a Cat Toilet

An examination of the pride and misplaced pee brought on by the Cat Genie.

Learning to Love (And Live With) a Pet Person

What happens when you ask the love of your life when their pets might die?

When My Roommate Let the Cat Get Out

A few moments of complete terror, thinking my cat lost forever, made me rethink my living arrangement — and my sanity.

Illustration by Jess Smart Smiley

My Grandmother’s Words

The time poetry showed me my grandmother.

Mr. Right Gets the Wrong Email

The love of my life was a click away, but not in the way you think.

Illustration by Jess Smart Smiley

The Seville Situation

The time chance brought me face to face with my decisions... and my therapist.

Illustration by Jess Smart Smiley

Miss Congeniality

Greasy hair and burning bras: the time I won Miss Congeniality.