Smoker holds an M.F.A. from the University of Montana in Missoula, where she was the recipient of the Richard Hugo Fellowship. She is also a graduate of Pepperdine University and attended UCLA and the University of Colorado, where she was a Battrick Fellow.
Her first collection of poems, "Another Attempt at Rescue," was published by Hanging Loose Press in the spring of 2005. Her poems have also appeared in several literary journals including Shenandoah, South Dakota Review, Many Mountains Moving and have been translated for Acoma - an Italian literary journal published by the University of Rome. Her work will be published in several anthologies and a short story is published in "Hozho - Walking in Beauty: Native American Stories of Inspiration, Humor and Life," edited by Paula Gunn Allen.
Originally from the Fort Peck Reservation, Smoker currently resides in Helena, where she works for the Office of Public Instruction in the Indian Education Division. She was formerly an administrator in an all-Indian school in Frazer and has taught courses at Fort Peck Community College and the University of Montana.
Smoker's reading is presented by MSU Native American Studies and the MSU College of Letters and Science.
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