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 next book, a memoir, You Could Make This Place Beautiful, will be out in April 2023. (Wow, that’s soon! Preordering is a literary good deed; preordering from your favorite indie bookstore is a double good deed.)

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

22 Mar

Bryn Mawr Reading Series

Since 1985, Bryn Mawr College has hosted major American and international authors whose works have earned Pulitzer Prizes, National Book Awards, and many other distinctions.

11 Apr

In conversation with Leslie Jamison

In person and streaming to YouTube, the event is hosted by Books Are Magic in Brooklyn.