Virtual - Maggie Smith - GOLDENROD

Saturday, July 31, 2021 - 7:00pm
United States

This event will take place on Saturday, July 31st at 7:00 CT on Zoom. We will sending the event link two hours before the event starts. This event is prerecorded. 

Maggie Smith will be in conversation with Rhett Miller.

Now with GOLDENROD, Maggie Smith returns to her original craft with a powerful collection of poems that explore parenthood, solitude, love, and memory. Pulling objects from everyday life—a hallway mirror, a rock found in her son’s pocket, a field of goldenrod at the side of the road—she reveals the magic of the present moment. Slate called Smith’s “superpower as a writer” her “ability to find the perfect concrete metaphor for inchoate human emotions and explore it with empathy and honesty.” The poems in GOLDENROD celebrate the contours of daily life, explore and delight in the space between thought and experience, and remind us that we decide what is beautiful.

Maggie Smith is the award-winning author of Good BonesThe Well Speaks of Its Own PoisonLamp of the Body, and the national bestseller Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change. A 2011 recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Smith has also received several Individual Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council, two Academy of American Poets Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has been widely published, appearing in the New York TimesThe New Yorker, the Paris ReviewThe Best American Poetry, and more. For more on Smith, please visit

Rhett Miller, musician and frontman for the Old 97s, hosts “Wheels Off” a show about the messy reality of the creative life. Conversations with musicians, writers, artists, actors, and comedians about the pivotal moments that shaped their work, what it means to create in a digital age and grapple with the challenges, and the joy, of living a creative life.