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Part-Time Novelist Wins New York Times Praise

Zack Smedley ’17, chemical engineering

Source: UMBC Magazine |  JOHANNA ALONSO '20 | SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

If you saw a senior engineering student sitting on a bench on Academic Row, furiously typing away on his laptop, you might assume he was working on a lab report or a capstone presentation. If that student was Zack Smedley ’17, chemical engineering, though, you’d be wrong. While his peers were fretting about classes, finals, and post-graduation plans, Smedley spent the first half of his senior year working on the manuscript that eventually became his debut young adult novel, Deposing Nathan.


Posted: October 7, 2019, 12:51 PM