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Maggie Smith has been awarded a $6000 Sustainable Arts Foundation fellowship for new poems from her third book manuscript-in-progress, which is tentatively titled Weep Up.  The Sustainable Arts Foundation awards fellowships to artists and writers who have at least one child under age 18.

Advance praise for Maggie Smith’s The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, selected by Kimiko Hahn as the winner of the Dorset Prize, forthcoming from Tupelo Press on April 1, 2015:

“Enchantment: that rarest of all poetic gifts. As when the neurons, in the kaleidoscopic movie they call a “functional MRI,” speak to us in colors on a screen from the deepest recesses of what we already know. Maggie Smith’s are poems of transformation: haunting, gorgeous, intimately unsettling. I cannot remember when I last read a book to match her powers of delight.” —Linda Gregerson

“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

“Folk tales and their eerie, animistic wisdom are a wellspring for these powerful lyrics. The poems are ethereal and dark, brimming with dread, beauty, and rapture. The Bloody Chamber, Angela Carter’s arresting prose engagement with fairy tales, comes to mind. Smith updates motifs of the pacts children make with nature, the power of luck and curses, loss of innocence, the vulnerable and the sinister, primal fears of being eaten, and much more. The images are so fresh and inventive they shimmer. Original, cautionary, rich, delicious, The Well Speaks…is a spellbinding collection.” —Amy Gerstler

“Maggie Smith’s collection is magical and troubling. . . . Time alternates between the forest where there are refrigerator magnets and safety belts, and The Forest where you, a now-human you, once preened ‘your blue-black wings.’ . . . Time stops for violence and passion. Be intrigued. Find yourself welcome.” — Kimiko Hahn

Maggie Smith’s chapbook Disasterology won the 2013 Dream Horse Press National Chapbook Prize and is forthcoming from Dream Horse Press.

Maggie Smith is the grateful recipient of a 2014 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council.

As a 2014 Peter Taylor Fellow, Maggie will assist poet Stanley Plumly in his weeklong poetry workshop at The Kenyon Review Writer’s Workshop, June 14-21, 2014. She will also give a public reading.

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 Daysone 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 received a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts for a 2011 residency in Amherst, Virginia. Read more about the VCCA artist residency program here.

Maggie Smith was one of ten Featured Authors at the 2011 Ohioana Book Festival.

Watch Maggie read poems from The List of Dangers at Kent State University and the WOSU studios.

Watch Maggie talk poetry on Writers Talk.

Read about Maggie (and poet-in-training, Violet) in Columbus Parent.

Read about Maggie and the NEA Fellowship in the Suburban News, Front Row Center, and Ohio Wesleyan University’s online newsletter.

Maggie Smith has been awarded a $25,000 Creative Writing Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts. Read the NEA Press Release. Visit the NEA Writers’ Corner.

Maggie Smith has been awarded a 2010 Individual Excellence Award by the Ohio Arts Council.


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