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“Good Bones” Poet Maggie Smith Joins the Faculty of Spalding University’s School of Creative and Pro

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Spalding University’s School of Creative and Professional Writing is pleased to welcome award-winning poet and teacher Maggie Smith to our poetry faculty. Smith will deliver a poetry lecture during our Fall 2019 residency, November 15-24, and will mentor students in independent study. She joins award-winning poets Douglas Manuel, Keith S. Wilson, Debra Kang Dean, Lynnell Edwards, Erin Keane, Greg Pape, and Jeanie Thompson on faculty.

“Of course, everyone knows what a spectacular poet Maggie Smith is,” said School of Writing Chair Kathleen Driskell. “But what makes her perfect for Spalding is that’s she’s a committed and generous teacher who will provide expert instruction to our graduate writing students.”

Smith is the author of three award-winning books of poetry—Lamp of the Body, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, and Good Bones, which the Washington Post called one of the Five Best Poetry Books of the year—as well as three prizewinning chapbooks and a forthcoming essay collection. Her poems and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Tin House, The Paris Review, AGNI, The Believer, the Washington Post, and Best American Poetry. Her viral poem “Good Bones,” called the “Official Poem of 2016” by Public Radio International, was featured on an episode the CBS drama Madam Secretary. A freelance writer and editor, and an editor at large for the Kenyon Review, 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.

The School of Writing houses three low-residency graduate writing programs: the nationally recognized Master of Fine Arts in Writing, a 65-credit terminal degree focused on creative writing, as well as the new 35-credit Master of Arts in Writing and 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Writing, both of which offer creative and professional tracks. Our programs offer intellectual rigor, emotional support, affordability, flexibility, and community at the world’s first certified Compassionate University. The low-residency model helps students fit graduate school into their lives, and our unique program design lets students focus on their own area, explore other genres and modes, and examine the interrelatedness of the arts while developing lifelong writing habits.

The application deadline is August 1 for entry in the Fall 2019 semester, which begins with a 10-day residency on Spalding’s campus, November 15-24. To apply, visit Late applications are occasionally accepted; to inquire, email



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