Smokii Sumac – MC

Love Poet of the Apocalypse Bringing Radical Honesty.

Smokii Sumac is a Ktunaxa Two Spirit and Transgender Poet, PhD Candidate, and Consultant. His poetry book you are enough: love poems for the end of the world won an Indigenous Voices Award and he is currently working on multiple projects including the forthcoming ʔasqanaki podcast on Indigenous music and literature, a theatre project as part of the National Queer and Trans Playwriting Unit, and the xaȼqanaǂ ʔitkiniǂ (many ways of working on the same thing) project where he supports conversations around gender and sexual diversity throughout the research process, as the team asks the question qapsin kiʔin ʔakaǂxuniyam? What would a healthy community look like?

Photos: Sweetmoon Photography


Friday, September 22, 2023


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About Smokii Sumac – MC

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.