Next Letter in the Mail: Maggie Smith


We’re getting ready to send our next Letter in the Mail, and it’s from the poet Maggie Smith! Maggie writes to us with a pep talk for these strange times—it’s a beautiful meditation on moving forward into an uncertain future, and you won’t want to miss it.

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Maggie Smith is the author of three prizewinning books: Lamp of the Body, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, and Good Bones, the title poem from which was called the “Official Poem of 2016” by Public Radio International and has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Smith has received a Pushcart Prize as well as fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Academy of American Poets. Her poems have appeared in the New York Times, Tin House, APR, The Believer, The Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Best American Poetry, and on the CBS primetime drama Madam Secretary.


Photograph of Maggie Smith © Devon Albeit Photography.