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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

A visual poetry project using the poetry of Emily Dickinson

Fresh from last spring’s exhilarating Whitman round-up, we’re excited to invite you to participate in our next Common Reassemble—Emily Dashes—which offers a chance to interact with the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Collectively, the Smith community will explore—and reshape—Emily Dickinson’s poetry.


Current Season

Please note regarding the event and reading with Ross Gay on September 26:
This event is at 7 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. It is free, open to the public, and not a ticketed event.

“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