This is a special edition of the Kenyon Review Podcast. One that we thought you might like to hear as quickly as possible.
Maggie Smith was at Kenyon recently as a fellow for the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. Just a day before she arrived on campus, something extraordinary happened: Her poem, “Good Bones,” went viral worldwide in the wake of the twin tragedies of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando and the murder of British MP Jo Cox. KR‘s Andrew Grace talked to Smith on June 29th about her work becoming known worldwide in a matter of days and the impact it’s had on her normal, suburban Ohio life.
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Maggie Smith is the author of Weep Up (Tupelo Press, forthcoming 2018); The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press 2015), winner of the Dorset Prize and the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal in Poetry; Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press 2005), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award; and three chapbooks, most recently Disasterology (Dream Horse Press 2016). The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Maggie is a freelance writer and editor, and she serves as a Contributing Editor to the Kenyon Review.