Erin Elizabeth Smith teaches creative writing, public writing, and a variety of literature and genre classes including Women in American Literature and Introduction to Poetry at the University of Tennessee. She is the author of two full-length collections, The Naming of Strays (Gold Wake 2011) and The Fear of Being Found, which was re-released by Zoetic Press in 2016.
Smith's poetry and nonfiction have appeared in 32 Poems, Mid-American, The Yalobusha Review, New Delta Review, Florida Review, Third Coast, Crab Orchard, West Branch, and Willow Springs, among others. In 2009, she graduated with her PhD in Creative Writing from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. In 1999, she founded Stirring: A Literary Collection, and since then has also served as the managing editor of Sundress Publications and the Best of the Net Anthology (2006-2013).
Smith currently lives in Oak Ridge, TN where she is the Creative Director for Sundress Academy for the Arts at Firefly Farms and the Jack E. Reese Writer in the Library at the University of Tennessee. In 2017, Smith will be inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame.