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Mackenzie Evan Smith

Class of 2011-2012

About MackenzieEvan

updated 3/2011: Mackenzie Evan Smith studies Creative Writing at Carnegie Mellon University. She is the recipient of a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship in Morocco, a Phi Theta Kappa National Honors Society Scholarship, and a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship from Carnegie Mellon University. She has been an editorial assistant at  Creative Nonfiction  and Carnegie Mellon University Press. She has also worked as a reading tutor for elementary students, a writing tutor for international students, and an Arabic teaching assistant. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ,  TriQuarterly  and  Her Campus ; she was selected as a finalist for the 2009 Alexander Patterson Cappon Prize for Fiction from  New Letters . Prior to attending college, Mackenzie worked at a Girl Scouting center in Switzerland and aboard a tall ship as a Boson’s Matein the Caribbean and Mediterranean seas. In 2006, she solo hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine; this experience formed the basis of her creative writing fellowship project, “The Appalachian Trail: Understanding Its Impact and Meaning in Pennsylvania Communities through Creative Nonfiction.” This fellowship and her experience traveling in North Africa and the Middle East contributed to her senior honors thesis, a travel essay collection entitled “The Naked Note Taker” (

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