Dantzler Smith

writer, factotum

i have done the following things

I have also done other things, but it seems rude to prattle on about myself. How are you?



  • Ski instructor in Banner Elk, N.C.
  • Ski instructor in Minneapolis
  • Sales person at a running shoe store
  • Stock clerk at a grocery store
  • Bartender, waiter, dishwasher at various restaurants
  • Transcriber for a transparency NGO in South Africa
  • Construction/demolition for Servpro


  • Visited the most beautiful place I've ever been, Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe
  • Studied abroad and lived in South Africa at multiple points
  • Traveled through South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Lesotho
  • Went to graduate school in England
  • Hiked the length of the Fish River Canyon in Namibia


  • The Old Man and the Sea, Things Fall Apart and Fight Club are the three books that most influenced my life
  • Certified in Firefighter I and II
  • CPR certified
  • Fan of Duke, Wofford, Liverpool, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta United
  • Was on the stretcher crew at Abby Wambach's final game with the USWNT