March 1, 2018 at 8:30 pm

Poetry Reading by Maggie Smith and Deni Naffziger | March 15

Blue and white banner with words "Spoken & Heard: Poems of Departure and Relevance"

A new poetry series, Spoken & Heard: Poetry of Departure and Relevance, is debuting March 15 at The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens.

Thursday’s reading will feature internationally acclaimed poet Maggie Smith, author of the collection Good Bones.

Maggie Smith, portrait

Maggie Smith’s poem, “Good Bones,” is widely referred to as “the official poem of 2016.”

Opening for Smith will be Deni Naffziger, OHIO alum (’84) and adjunct instructor in OHIO’s English Department.

Future readings will take place on April 19, May 24, and June 14.

  • Thursday, April 19: Stories of Mental Health
    • Opening Poet: Jean Mikhail
  • Thursday, May 24: Scott Woods
    • Opening Poet: Ivars Balkits
  • Thursday, June 14: Paulette Hansel and Roy Bentley
    • Opening Poet: Kari Gunter-Seymour

All events begin at 6 p.m. and conclude at 9 p.m. Questions may be directed to

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