Students to Recite 'Poetry on a Box Top' at Smith
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Poetry will fill the air at Smith College between classes on Thursday, Nov. 20, as students recite verses from atop soapboxes at well-traveled locations around central campus.
The event, which first took place last year as a commemorative event for the 10th anniversary of Smith’s Poetry Center, will involve two dozen students who are planning to read that day at six indoor venues: the Campus Center, Wright Hall, Neilson Library, Seelye and Bass Halls. (View video of last year’s event.)
Class change times are: 10:20 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 12:50 p.m. and 2:50 p.m. Typically, there is a 10-minute break between classes.
Founded in 1997, the Poetry Center at Smith—alma mater of celebrated poet Sylvia Plath ’55—has a mission to inspire students by bringing poets to campus. Students in the hundreds attend readings by poets of national and international stature, which also draw large community audiences.
In addition, the Poetry Center performs outreach to schools and offers an annual poetry prize for high school girls in Massachusetts.