Noel Smith spent several years in Leslie County, Kentucky, as a social worker for the Frontier Nursing Service in the 1950s and 1960s, sometimes visiting her clients on horseback. A native New Yorker, she returned home where she taught elementary school. Her poetry collection The Well String (MotesBooks, 2008) is a collection of narrative poems about the people she knew while in Kentucky. She now lives in the lower Hudson Valley of New York.

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