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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 News, Events & Community page to keep up-to-date on our current season and announcements.


Common Reassemble

Common Reassemble

A visual poetry project using Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass

This spring, as a campus, we’ll be taking Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and transforming it into something new. A common reassemble reenvisions the words and ideas of iconic works. In this activity, we will respond to Whitman right on the page using a number of different techniques: erasure, collage, annotation, papercraft, diagramming. If you can dream it, we want to see it.


Current Season

“The Poem I Wish I Had Read” Series

We’re excited to announce the launch of “The Poem I Wish I Had Read,” a video series in which acclaimed poets discuss and read a single poem that they wish they had encountered as a teenager. In each of these video testimonials, poets talk about who they were as high school students, why reading these poems would have been transformational for them, and how these works altered their sense of what a poem can be. Enjoy the following featured videos, and check out the full series on our YouTube channel.—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
Program and Outreach Coordinator:
Jennifer Blackburn