Distinguished Readers Series

The Arkansas International Presents Poet Maggie Smith

Maggie SmithThe Arkansas International and the U of A Program in Creative Writing & Translation are proud to present the Spring 2022 Walton Distinguished Reader at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 14, at the Fayetteville Public Library Events Center.

The reading, presented in conjunction with the Fayetteville Public Library TrueLit Festival, will feature award-winning poet and bestselling author of Keep Moving, Good Bones and many others, Maggie Smith, who will discuss and read from her new collection Goldenrod. Copies will be readily available for purchase from Two Friends Books. Arkansas International issues, subscriptions and merchandise will also be available for purchase.

Smith is the author of Good Bones, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, Lamp of the Body and the national bestseller Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change. Her latest collection of poems, Goldenrod, was released in July 2021. Smith's poems and essays are widely published and anthologized, appearing in Best American Poetry, the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, the Washington Post, the Guardian and elsewhere. In 2016 her poem "Good Bones" went viral internationally and has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Public Radio International called it "the official poem of 2016."

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