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Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of November 23, 2020,
for the spring 2021 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 John Murillo (12/1). Free and open to the public.

Recordings of Fall 2020 Readings

If you're looking for video recordings of our Fall 2020 readings, the links will be available for a limited time via links on our website and Facebook.

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.

“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.

Book jacket of The Map of Every Lilac Leaf

The Map of Every Lilac Leaf

The Map of Every Lilac Leaf takes its name from a line in Adrienne Rich’s 1965 poem “Mourning Picture,” itself named for the 1890 painting by Edwin Romanzo Elmer, part of the permanent collection of the Smith College Museum of Art. This book celebrates ekphrastic poetry—the creative alchemy that comes from poets engaging with works of visual art—and the rich and varied works in SCMA’s permanent collection. The Map of Every Lilac Leaf features beautiful color reproductions of each selected artwork as well as 40 poems by acclaimed authors—among them six distinguished Smith College alumnae—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