Meet SMOKII

Two-Spirit Transgender Ktunaxa Author, Academic and Poet

Smokii Sumac (Ktunaxa) is a poet and PhD Candidate in Indigenous Studies at Trent University, where his work centers on the question: how do we come home?

 

As an Indigenous adoptee, intergenerational residential school survivor, and two-spirit person, Smokii's lived experiences are deeply embedded into his art and research.

 

His first poetry collection, you are enough: love poems for the end of the world, (Kegedonce Press, 2018) won an Indigenous Voices Award for published poetry, and Smokii has recently been named as a finalist for the Dayne Ogilvie Prize.

 

Smokii is grateful and happy to have returned home to ʔamakʔis Ktunaxa where he lives near the banks of the Kootenay River—the river his ancestors have lived with/on and near for millenia. Smokii lives with his partner, their cats and chickens and his "big 'ole rez dog" named Kootenay Lou.

in some other universe

i kissed you under the stairs

that night

and we are still

tangled up

your hands finding

somewhere to hold

stability

while i Move down your body

gently asking

if you

will let me in

 Smokii Sumac 

Smokii Sumac trans Indigenous man looking at the camera wearing a shirt, vest, glasses and bolo tie