Nebraska Authors

Mona Z. Smith

Born ≈ 1962 NE (USA)

Mona Smith is an author of books as well as plays, with works that have been produced in theatres around the country - including theatres in New York, Virginia, and California. Her interest in plays most likely influenced the book she published in 2004, called Becoming Something: The Story of Canada Lee, which is a biography on a prominent African American actor who paved the way for black actors. Smith graduated from UNL with a degree in Journalism in 1984 before moving to Florida to cover crime as well as environmental and local issues for the Miami Herald. She then freelanced in Paris, France for three years before making the move to New York City, where she is now a professional writer, educator, and consultant. She is a teacher of theatre, Shakespeare, and writing courses, and an author of fiction, nonfiction, plays, and screenplays.

Places Lived

Winnetoon, NE (pop. 62)
Lincoln, NE
Paris, France
Brooklyn, NY

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Journalism
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Play/Screenplay


Biography; Journalism; Fiction; Nonfiction; Play; Screenplay


BA in Journalism/News Editorial, 1984, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
MFA in Theatre/Playwriting, Columbia University

Places Worked

Miami, FL
Paris, France
New York, NY


Bud Pagel, Journalism Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Becoming Something: The Story of Canada Lee. 2004. (Faber and Faber, publisher)

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