Mailhot holds an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts and a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from New Mexico State. She spent the 2017-18 academic year at Purdue University as a Tecumseh Postdoctoral Fellow, furthering her research while also mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.
In February 2018, she released Heart Berries: A Memoir, a New York Times bestseller and selection in the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers series.
Mailhot has worked as an English and composition instructor at Dona Ana Community College in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and as a columnist at Indian Country Today, a Native American news source.
Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Times, Carve Magazine, The Offing, The Toast and Yellow Medicine Review. She is the recipient of the SWAIA Discovery Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Writing by Writers Fellowship, and the Elk Writer’s Workshop Fellowship.