Maria Smilios is the author of The Black Angels: The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis.
A native of New York City, Maria holds a Masters of Arts from Boston University in Religion & Literature where she was a Henry Luce Scholar and a Presidential Scholar. She also taught Essay and Research writing in the university’s writing program.
In 2007, she left Boston and moved back to New York City to teach at an all-girls high school. There she created and ran an intensive summer writing program for teens.
While working as a development editor in the Biomedical Sciences editing books in lung diseases, pediatric and breast cancer, neurology, and ocular diseases, she read a line in a book that led her to discover the story of the Black Angels.
Through writing the book, she has become in involved in advocating for health equity, especially affordable and accessible TB drugs in TB heavy countries by working with and supporting organizations such as EndTB and Partners in Health.
In the past, she has written for The Guardian, American Nurse, Narratively, The Rumpus, Dame Magazine, The Forward, Lit Hub, Writer's Digest among others.
This spring she will be begin teaching as an adjunct lecturer at Columbia University School of Public Health.
The Black Angels is her first book.