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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 current season’s poets below, and to catch up on regular news and announcements, be sure to visit the Poetry in Action page


Our Fall 2021 Reading Series

Registration/livestream info can be found on each poet’s profile on our site. All events are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. unless noted otherwise.

  • Sep. 28:  Tiana Clark
  • Oct. 19: Jenny Johnson
  • Nov. 2: Chet’la Sebree
    • Thu. Nov. 11: Art of Subversion: Craft Talk with Chet’la Sebree
  • Nov. 16: Visual Poetry with Diana Khoi Nguyen and Bianca Stone
  • Dec. 7: Gail Mazur

Support our Local Bookstore!

Most books written, translated or edited by our series readers can be found online at Northampton’s Broadside Books

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

Ada Limon | “Sorrow Is Not My Name” by Ross Gay
Meg Day | “The Aureole” by Nikky Finney
Chet’la Sebree | “A Litany for Survival” by Audre Lorde


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