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This Spring at the Poetry Center

Sidebar: A Legacy Stretching More Than 100 Years

Sidebar: Air on Campus Filled With the Sound of Poetry All Around

Sidebar: The Poetry Center Counts The Ways

February 21: Sixth Annual Five College Student Poetryfest

This annual reading at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith and the University of Massachusetts features two students from each institution. Smith poets will be Georgia Pearle AC and Kimberley Rogers ’08.

March 4: Tony Hoagland

Tony Hoagland’s poems seek to expose the wonders and blunders of American society. He delves into the throes of adolescence, male culture and death itself­­ -- it is said no subject is too vulnerable or too private for Hoagland’s storytelling. Hoagland’s three volumes of poetry include What Narcissism Means to Me, Donkey Gospel and Sweet Ruin, along with a book of essays Real Sofistikashun.

March 25: Mark Doty

“A new book of poems -- or of anything -- by Mark Doty is good news in a dark time,” says W. S. Merwin. After seven volumes of poetry (an eighth on the way) and three books of nonfiction, Doty uses his own voice to speak to a partner lost to AIDS and unravel the themes of grief, sexuality and transformation. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The London Review of Books, Ploughshares, The New Yorker and The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Poetry. Doty will also present a lecture on nonfiction writing on March 26.

April 8: Sharon Olds

Praised by Linda Pastan as “a poet to be reckoned with,” Olds is considered one of the country’s most gifted and widely read poets. Her work has appeared in more than 100 anthologies. Recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Academy of American Poets, Olds currently teaches poetry workshops in New York University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program and lives in New York City. She is this year’s judge for the Smith College Poetry Prize for High School Girls.

April 22: Gala Alumnae Sampler Reading

The last event of the Poetry Center’s 10th anniversary year will feature an all-alumnae reading by Smith women from near and far, representing as many Smith classes as possible.

The Poetry Center is inviting all alumnae to participate. Alumnae poets interested in reading their poetry at the event may contact Ellen Watson, The reading will be preceded by a dinner and followed by a reception open to the public.

Alumnae poets are also invited to submit their own poems as part of a Smith alumnae Web anthology. Visit for more information.

May 15-18 and 22-25: All Over the Map: Smith Poetry

This Alumnae College minicourse, taught by Annie Boutelle and Ellen Doré Watson, will offer readings and interactive discussion of the range of poetic voices of Smith faculty beginning with W. H. Auden and continuing to today.


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