40 Under 40: Eric Smith ’08M

by Andrea Walls on February 6, 2018

ERIC SMITH ’08M

Age 34

Master of Arts in English
Author, literary agent, and co-founder of the Philadelphia Geek Awards

"Greatest Achievement

Personally, I’d have to say me and my wife’s new addition to our family, Langston. Professionally, it’s my work as a literary agent. By the end of next year, I’ll have brought 14 books into the world, one of which will be in three languages.

Mentor Who Made an Impact

Visiting writer Robin Black was my adviser on my thesis, and her patience and brilliance had a massive effect on my career. From her kind nudging of my writing to her insightful advice regarding where I should go with my career, Robin is a big reason why I am where I am today.

In Five Years...

I’ll be writing, working on books by other people, and teaching writing and literature. It’s all I wanted to do in college, and it’s all I want to do now. Gonna keep at it."

Visiting writer Robin Black was my adviser on my thesis, and her patience and brilliance had a massive effect on my career.

- ERIC SMITH ’08M