I’m Maggie Smith.

I write & help others write.

Devon Albeit Photography


I’m a poet, writer, editor, and teacher. I’ve published several books of poetry and prose, including Good Bones (you might know the title poem) and two recent bestsellers, Keep Moving and GoldenrodMy memoir, You Could Make This Place Beautiful, is a New York Times bestseller.

My poems and essays have appeared in the New York TimesThe New Yorkerthe Guardian, the Paris Review, Tin House, the Washington Post, and The Best American Poetry. When I’m not writing, teaching in an MFA Program, or editing books for other poets, I’m usually hanging out with my two favorite human beings: my daughter and son. We live in the Columbus, Ohio, area. Yes, it’s my hometown.


“Good Bones” | Poem by Maggie Smith | Film by Anais La Rocca

 News & Events

8 May

In conversation with Laurie Kincer – Cleveland

Join the Cuyahoga County Public Library when author and poet Maggie Smith visits to discuss her latest memoir, You Could Make This Place Beautiful.

29 Apr

In conversation with Ingrid Rojas Contreras

This event will be hosted in person at Book Passage’s Corte Madera Store, and streamed online.