Episode 56 Maggie Smith, Author: Keep Moving, Notes on Loss, Creativity and Change


Maggie Smith is the award-winning author of several books of poetry including Good Bones, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, and Lamp of the Body. 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 Times, Tin House, The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, and more. 

What You’ll Learn:

  • Every ending is also a beginning
  • How a “note to self”  each day on Instagram turned into a book
  • All of us are in a “what’s next”  place
  • What helps Maggie go to that still and quiet space
  • Feel the loss and the space. Think:  I get to rebuild something here
  • Our thoughts create our reality
  • We do not get to choose the circumstance
  • How Maggie felt while writing her book
  • Going through a divorce forced Maggie to go back and look at her life
  • What actions can we be taking now on behalf of our future self
  • Maggie’s challenge to the listeners!


Connect with Maggie  here 

Connect with Deborah for Coaching here

The mid life Quiz here

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