Since our founding in 1997, the Poetry Center at Smith College reading series has hosted hundreds of poets, representing the fabulous range of what’s being written today by people of all ages, races, genders, styles, and sensibilities, including over a dozen Pulitzer Prize-winners and five Poets Laureate, as well as poets relatively unknown here, whose work is translated from Welsh, Basque, Spanish, Irish, Slovenian, Arabic, Korean, and Serbo-Croatian. These writers have read to audiences ranging from 70 to 1,700.
Free and open to the public, the readings focus on listening to the poems in the poet’s voice; to maximize this experience, we don’t include a time for questions. We have recorded most of the readings, and they are available for loan (on VHS up to 2006, and on DVD from 2006 onward) from Neilson Library at Smith College.
A list of recorded readings can be found here and is updated as we add more to our collection. (It can take up to a month after a reading for the DVD to be available at the library.)
We are grateful to the Center for Media Production and to Neilson Library for their collaboration on this project.