When people ask Maggie Smith what she does for a living, the central Ohio native calls herself a writer.
“Then I’ll clarify and say I’m a poet,” Smith said, “but that’s not really how I pay my bills.”
While raising a 2-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter with husband Jason Beehler in Bexley, Smith also writes stories and poems for children’s textbooks.
“I feel like I go into a phone booth and I turn into a poet sometimes,” she said. “Most of the other time, I’m just Maggie who pushes the stroller.”
The 38-year-old — who will appear Wednesday on the Thurber House lawn to read from her latest book of poems, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo, 65 pages, $16.95) — spoke recently about her pursuits.