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Read Smith’s plans for the fall 2020 semester
and the college’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Poetry Center

A group of students studying poetry

Founded in 1997, The Poetry Center’s core mission is 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.

Announcements & Updates

“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.

Poetry Center Renga Project

Read about the Poetry Center’s Renga Project. Renga is a Japanese form that originated in the 12th century, and the name means “linked poem.” Its form is collaborative and allows us to communicate across physical distance. In renga, participants only see the stanza that directly precedes their own, so any thematic links that emerge are often surprising and speak to the tone of the times in which the poem is written.

International Poetry Day Goes Digital for 2020

Even though we weren’t able to hold International Poetry Day at the Poetry Center this year—where students present poems in their original languages and in translation—we’ve still managed to find a way to share our students’ international poems.

Poetry Care Packages

Since we can’t bring poetry to campus right now, we want to bring poetry directly to you with digital poetry care packages. To sign up, and to tell us what you’d like to find in it, please fill out the digital care package form.


Due to COVID-19, all Poetry Center events for the spring 2020 semester were canceled. For more details on events and announcements, visit our Poetry in Action page.

Support Our Programming

Every gift helps, whether to fund a visit by a far-flung poet or to support our outreach activities, video and library collection or student staff. Donate online or make checks payable to Smith College and mail to the Smith College Poetry Center, c/o Gift Accounting, Stoddard Annex, 23 Elm Street, Northampton, MA 01063. Thank you for your generous support!



The 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