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

18 Nov

Miami Book Fair

Dani Shapiro’s ’Family Secrets’: Live with guest Maggie Smith

1 Oct

Brooklyn Book Festival

Maggie Smith in conversation with Lauren Christensen