Poet Maggie Smith to give reading in Ronk Lecture Hall

10/16/2019 ASHLAND, Ohio – Award-winning poet Maggie Smith will present a free public reading of her works on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. in the Schar College of Education’s Ronk Lecture Hall, 340 Samaritan Ave., on the campus of Ashland University.

Smith, a Columbus native, is the author of three books of poetry -- Good Bones (Tupelo Press, 2017), The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (2015) and Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press, 2005) – as well as three prize-winning chapbooks. Her works have appeared in Best American Poetry, the New York Times, Tin House, The Paris Review, Ploughshares and Virginia Quarterly Review.

In 2016, Smith’s “Good Bones” poem was called “the official poem of 2016” by Public Radio International, was translated into nearly a dozen languages and was read by Meryl Streep at Lincoln Center.

A recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Smith has been honored by the Ohio Arts Council and the Academy of American Poets and is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. A freelance writer and editor and editor at large for the Kenyon Review, she is a member of the core Master of Fine Arts faculty at Spalding University’s School of Creative and Professional Writing.


Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###