September 2015 in Missoula, Montana: A Celebration of the Written Word
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Mandy Smoker

M.L. Smoker belongs to the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation in north-eastern Montana. Her family 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. In 2009 she co-edited an anthology of human rights poetry with Melissa Kwasny entitled, I Go to the Ruined Place. She has also won a regional Emmy award for her work as a writer/consultant on the PBS documentary Indian Relay.

M.L. Smoker currently resides in Helena, Montana, where she works for the Office of Public Instruction as the Director of Indian Education. She has spent the past several years overseeing the work of statewide Indian Education for All Efforts and the Schools of Promise initiative, which seeks to turnaround the states lowest performing schools. She was formerly an administrator in an all-Indian school for three years in Frazer, Montana and has taught courses at Fort Peck Community College and the University of Montana.