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Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of August 5, 2020,
for an entirely remote fall 2020 semester.

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


Registration Links for Fall 2020

Register for Mark Doty (9/22), The Map of Every Lilac Leaf (10/6), Tracy K. Smith (10/21), Carmen Giménez Smith (11/17), and John Murillo (12/1). Free and open to the public.

“You May Notice Some Changes”

A call & response collaboration between Poetry Concentration students and Photo I students in spring 2020, “You May Notice Some Changes” explores life during the COVID-19 pandemic in their words and images.

Our Annual Report 2019-20

If you'd like to learn more about the last year at the Poetry Center, you can find our annual report here.

Book jacket of The Map of Every Lilac Leaf

Smith College Alumnae Poetry Reading and Book Launch for The Map of Every Lilac Leaf

Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

The launch event of The Map of Every Lilac Leaf—a book of poems written in response to artwork from the Smith College Museum of Art—will feature readings by six Smith College alumnae who contributed to the publication: Rebecca Foust ’79, Gina Franco ’97, Laurie Ann Guerrero AC ’08, Jessica Jacobs ’02, Gail Mazur ’59 and Abe Louise Young ’99. This book features beautiful reproductions of each selected artwork as well as 40 poems by acclaimed authors who have participated in the Poetry Center’s reading series. The publication was developed collaboratively with SCMA in conjunction with the museum’s centennial celebration.


Current Season

Due to COVID-19, all of our programming for fall 2020 will take place remotely and online. We have an incredible lineup of poets, however, and we really hope that friends of The Boutelle-Day Poetry Center and members of the Smith College community who are living in places all over the world will register and attend these online events!—Matt Donovan


The Boutelle-Day Poetry Center
Wright Hall 102
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063
Phone: 413-585-4891
Fax: 413-585-3339

Director: Matt Donovan
Administrative Assistant:
Jennifer Blackburn