M.L. Smoker belongs to the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation in north-eastern Montana. Her family’s home is on Tabexa Wakpa (Frog Creek). She holds an MFA 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 Poems Across the Big Sky,Shenendoah, South Dakota Review, and various other anthologies and collections. Her work has been translated forAcoma, an Italian literary journal published by the University of Rome. M.L. Smoker currently resides in Helena, Montana, where she works for the Office of Public Instruction, in the Indian Education Division.