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The Relentless School Nurse: 2020 is Year of the Nurse for Author Maria Smilios!

Maria Smilios is spending 2020 writing about nurses. She is featuring a nurse a week throughout this year celebrating the untold stories of nurses who have had been hidden or forgotten over the years. This project grew out of a book that Maria wrote called Black Angels, the untold story of the African-American Nurses who helped cure Tuberculosis. It is an Oprah Book with a forthcoming publication date.

The Black Angels is a story of heroism and achievement that hasn’t been told and I felt it needed to be shared.” — Oprah Winfrey

In celebration of 2020 The Year of the Nurse and Midwife, Maria introduces the readers of her blog to nurses whose stories must be shared. 

I am honored that we can celebrate these unsung heroines on this blog as well.

Maude E. Callen: The Angel of Hell Hole


Sharing Maria’s bio from her  website:

Maria Smilios is the author of the forthcoming book The Black Angels: The Untold Stories of the Nurses who helped Cure Tuberculosis. The book will be published in the United States by An Oprah Book, in Germany by Mohrbooks books, and in the United Kingdom by Virago Books.

A New York City native, Maria has a Masters of Arts from Boston University in Religion & Literature where she was a Henry Luce Scholar and a Presidential Scholar and where she taught Essay & 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. Maria also spent five years at Springer Science & Media as Development Editor in the Biomedical Sciences.

In the past, Maria has written for Narratively, The Guardian, The Rumpus, Dame Magazine, The  Jewish Daily Forward among others.

1 thought on “The Relentless School Nurse: 2020 is Year of the Nurse for Author Maria Smilios!”

  1. Black Angels ! Cannot wait to read. This post was incredible ! I am sad I don’t know any of these stories but look forward to reading all of them

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