Marty Smith was born in the 1950s. She grew up on a remote and wild hill country farm in north Wairarapa, cleared from the native bush by her great-grandfather in the 1800s.
She teaches at Taradale High School in Hawkes Bay. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University and is working on a series of poems which move sometimes in the racing world and sometimes in the war between her father and almost everything.
Smith comments: 'My father didn’t speak to my grandmother for eighteen years, then he died first.'