Erin Elizabeth Smith teaches creative writing, crowdfunding, 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. Her third collection, Down: The Alice Poems will be released from Agape Editions in 2019.

Smith's poetry and nonfiction have appeared in Ecotone, 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, The Wardrobe, 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. In 2017, Smith was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame.