Smart was born and grew up in London. Her parents were immigrants from Barbados in the 1950's.
Smartt is the poetry editor of Sable LitMag, a magazine of new Black writing. Her poetry has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies including Bittersweet (Women’s Press, 1998), The Fire People (Payback Press, 1998), Mythic Women / Real Women (Faber, 2000), IC3: The Penguin book of new Black writing in Britain (2000), and A Storm Between Fingers (Flipped Eye, 2007).
She has been poet in residence at Brixton Market (as part of the Poetry Society’s Poetry Places project), 'attached live artist' at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts, and a guest writer at Oberlin College and Florida International University. She works in schools, runs workshops, and performs in Britain and internationally.
- Connecting Medium. Leeds, UK: Peepal Tree Press, 2001.
- Samboo’s Grave / Bilal’s Grave. Leeds, UK: Peepal Tree Press, 2007.
- Ship Shape. Leeds, UK: Peepal Tree Press, 2008. (includes the poems from Samboo’s Grave / Bilal’s Grave)
- Words from the Women's Cafe: Lesbian poetry from 'Word Up' (edited with Bernadette Halpin). London: Centerprise, 1993.
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- Dorothea Smartt: Reading from her poems. London: Poetry Archive.
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- Dorothea Smartt at Amazon.com
- Dorothea Smartt at Bim Literary Festival & Book Fair
- Dorothea Smartt at the British Council
- Dorothea Smartt Official website
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