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Maggie Smith’s second book, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, was selected by Kimiko Hahn as the winner of the 2012 Dorset Prize. Tupelo Press will be publishing the book in spring 2015. Click here for more information on Tupelo Press and the Dorset Prize.
Advance praise for Maggie Smith’s Dorset Prize-winning collection, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, forthcoming from Tupelo Press in April 2015: “Some kind of primary mythic world lies behind and throughout these adult tales of ultimate matters. Maggie Smith’s skill at bringing archetypes into her own individual stories is both seamless and transforming. The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison is as much about the terrible and beautiful dreams of children as it is about waking up as a parent. This is a rare book of poems.” –Stanley Plumly
Maggie Smith’s chapbook Disasterology won the 2013 Dream Horse Press National Chapbook Prize and will be published in fall 2014.
Maggie Smith is the grateful recipient of a 2014 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council.
Maggie Smith (OWU ’99) has been chosen as a recipient of the inaugural Ohio Wesleyan University Young Alumni Award in 2014, a new award “given to alumni who graduated in the last 15 years in recognition of a commitment to excellence in post-collegiate life and a significant or ongoing commitment to extraordinary work, research, volunteerism, or service to OWU.” She will be giving a reading and talk during Alumni Weekend, May 16-18, 2014.
Maggie will be the featured poet and workshop leader at the Ohio Poetry Association’s annual spring retreat, held at Malabar Farm in Lucas, Ohio, May 3-4, 2014.
Maggie Smith will be reading at Women on the Line, an annual benefit poetry reading for My Sister’s Place, a domestic violence shelter in Athens, Ohio. The reading will take place at Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio, on March 28th, 2014. Click here to learn more about Women on the Line and the important work of My Sister’s Place.
Maggie will be the featured reader at the Poetry Forum on Monday, January 13, 2014. The reading at Kobo (2590 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio) begins at 7:00 pm.
Maggie Smith will be teaching a poetry workshop and giving a reading at the 2013 Kenyon Review Literary Festival in Gambier, Ohio, on November 9th. The keynote speaker will be Carl Phillips. Check out the exciting schedule of events here.
Check out the inaugural issue of Tupelo Quarterly, which includes four poems from Maggie Smith’s forthcoming book, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, and a conversation between Maggie and TQ editor-in-chief Jessamyn Smyth.
Maggie Smith will be reading as part of the Hospital Poets series at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. This Medicine and the Arts event, sponsored by The Ohio State University College of Medicine and the OSU COM Alumni Society, is “designed to…make this a more humanistic environment in which we take care of our patients, teach and learn and provide opportunities for research.” The reading will take place on August 29, 2013, from noon to 1:00 pm in 234 Meiling Hall, 370 West 9th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio.
Maggie Smith will be the featured speaker at the 2013 Welcome Assembly for incoming art students at the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) on August 25, 2013, at the Canzani Center.
Maggie Smith will be giving two readings in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 1, 2013 in support of Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days, one at the Nashville Public Library and another at East Side Story bookstore.
Maggie Smith will be the featured guest at the Ohio Poetry Association’s quarterly meeting and workshop on March 16, 2013 at the Bexley Public Library in Bexley, Ohio. Focusing on voice and the persona poem, Maggie will give a craft talk and lead a writing exercise and workshop. Visit the OPA website for more information.
Maggie will be participating in Sucky Charms: An Evening of Musings on Life’s Shitty Blessings on March 8, 2013 at Barley’s Brewing Company along with poet Sommer Sterud, writer David S. Lewis, and musician Joe Peppercorn. Cover for the 7:30 p.m. show is $10 at the door; $8 in advance. Buy tickets online here.
Read some very kind words on The Southern Review’s blog about Maggie’s 7 poems in the Winter 2013 issue.
Maggie has five poems in the new anthology Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days, alongside Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, TR Hummer, Pinckney Benedict, and others.
Maggie’s recent Technique Talk interview with Jackie Mantey in Columbus Alive–on poems, parenthood, Bon Iver’s first album, Sol Lewitt, shadow puppets, and more–was picked up by the Poetry Foundation blog.
Read two poems, “Eliza” and “Night of the Comet (1984),” and an interview with Maggie at Poem of the Week.
Maggie Smith served as a judge for the Frequency poetry workshop scholarships along with poet Tarfia Faizullah. You can learn more about Frequency, a community arts organization based in Providence, here.
The Summer 2012 issue of Indiana Review featured editor Jennifer Luebbers’s glowing review of Maggie Smith’s The List of Dangers.
Maggie Smith was commissioned by Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, to write a poem for the Columbus Wishing Tree Project. Watch the video for the project, which includes Maggie reading the poem, here. Read the poem, listen to the audio, and learn more about the Wishing Tree Project here.
Read about Maggie Smith’s local National Poetry Month events in Columbus Underground.
Maggie Smith’s second book manuscript was a finalist for the 2011 National Poetry Series. Forty-five finalists were chosen from more than 1300 manuscripts. Congratulations to the five winners!
Maggie Smith was one of ten Featured Authors at the 2011 Ohioana Book Festival.
Watch Maggie talk poetry on Writers Talk.
Read about Maggie (and poet-in-training, Violet) in Columbus Parent.
Maggie Smith has been awarded a 2010 Individual Excellence Award by the Ohio Arts Council.