Maggie Smith (poet)

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Maggie Smith is an American poet, freelance writer, and editor who lives in Bexley, Ohio.

Smith's poem "Good Bones," originally published in the journal Waxwing in June 2016, was widely circulated on social media and read by an estimated one million people. PRI called it "the official poem of 2016".[1]

Early life[edit]

Smith was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1977.[2] She received her Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1999, and then went on to receive her Master of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University in 2003.[3]


From 2003 to 2004, Smith served as the Emerging Writer Lecturer for Gettysburg College. She went on to take a position as an assistant editor with a children's trade book publisher. She worked there for two years and became an associate editor. Eventually, she decided to make the switch to freelance work.[4]

As a poet, she has been published widely, individual poems appearing in The Paris Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, The Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, and other journals.[2][3]

Her work has also been widely anthologized in "From the Other World: Poems in Memory of James Wright; The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 2008; Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days, and The Helen Burns Anthology: New Voices from the Academy of American Poets University & College Prizes, Volume 9."[3]

Honors and awards[edit]

Published works[edit]

Full-length poetry collections


  • Disasterology (Dream Horse Press, 2016)—winner of the 2013 Dream Horse Press Chapbook Prize[12]
  • The List of Dangers(Kent State University Press, 2010)—winner of the Wick Poetry Series Chapbook Competition[13]
  • Nesting Dolls (Pudding House, 2005)


  1. ^ Kott, Lidia Jean (December 31, 2016). "This is the official poem of 2016". Public Radio International. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Maggie Smith Extended Bio, retrieved February 2015
  3. ^ a b c OWU Young Alumni Award, 2014, retrieved February 2015
  4. ^ Dear English Major Interview, retrieved February 2015
  5. ^ Writers' Corner, retrieved February 2015
  6. ^ WOSU Public Media, retrieved February 2015
  7. ^ Awardees, retrieved February 2015
  8. ^ OAC Grant, retrieved February 2015
  9. ^ OAC Grant, retrieved February 2015
  10. ^ Dorset Prize Winners, retrieved February 2015
  11. ^ BSA Award Winners, retrieved February 2015
  12. ^ Dream Horse Press, retrieved February 2015
  13. ^ Kent State University Press, retrieved February 2015