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The Boutelle-Day Poetry Center

A group of students studying poetry

Founded in 1997, The Boutelle-Day Poetry Center at Smith College has a core mission to bring poets of national and international stature to campus to inspire students and the Smith community. All events are free and open to the public. See the current season’s poets below, and to catch up on regular news and announcements, be sure to visit the Poetry in Action page

Announcements

Our Fall 2021 Reading Series

  • Sep. 28:  Tiana Clark
  • Oct. 19: Jenny Johnson
  • Nov. 2: Chet’la Sebree
    • Thu. Nov. 11: Art of Subversion: Craft Talk with Chet’la Sebree
  • Nov. 16: Visual Poetry with Diana Khoi Nguyen and Bianca Stone
  • Dec. 7: Gail Mazur

Registration/livestream info can be found on each poet’s profile on our site. All events are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. unless noted otherwise.

Fall 2021 Reading Series General Information

HOORAY! Gail Mazur's reading (12/7) will be live, in-person, and open to all (attendees from outside of Smith must present proof of vaccination to enter.) We will need to cap attendance at 185 to stay within covid occupancy guidlines, and we ask that community members arrive by 6:30 so we can get everyone seated in time for the start of the event.

Support our Local Bookstore!

Most books written, translated or edited by our series readers can be found online at Northampton’s Broadside Books


Current Season


“The Poem I Wish I Had Read” Series

We’re excited to announce the launch of “The Poem I Wish I Had Read,” a video series in which acclaimed poets discuss and read a single poem that they wish they had encountered as a teenager. In each of these video testimonials, poets talk about who they were as high school students, why reading these poems would have been transformational for them, and how these works altered their sense of what a poem can be. Enjoy the following featured videos, and check out the full series on our YouTube channel.—Matt Donovan

Jessica Jacobs | "Lost" by David Wagoner
Erika Meitner | "The Day Lady Died" by Frank O'Hara
Gabrielle Calvocoressi | "A Lovely Love" Gwendolyn Brooks
Kaveh Akbar | "People Are a Living Structure Like a Coral Reef" by Heather Christle
Hanif Abdurraqib | "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden
Chet’la Sebree | “A Litany for Survival” by Audre Lorde

Contact

The Boutelle-Day Poetry Center
Wright Hall 102
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063
Phone: 413-585-4891
Fax: 413-585-3339
Email: poetryct@smith.edu

Director: Matt Donovan
Administrative Assistant:
Jennifer Blackburn
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