Creative Writing Professor Tracy K. Smith named U.S. Poet Laureate
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the appointment of Tracy K. Smith as the Library’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2017-2018. Smith is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, a professor of creative writing and the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University, and Director of the University’s Program in Creative Writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts. Smith will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season with a reading of her work at the Coolidge Auditorium.
Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts and the Department of Music will celebrate the opening of the new Lewis Arts complex with a multi-day Festival of the Arts on October 5 through 8 on the Princeton campus. The Festival, which is open to the public, will feature dozens of concerts, plays, readings, dance performances, art exhibitions, multidisciplinary presentations, community workshops and site-specific events at venues across the campus, most of which will be free.
Award-winning writer Yiyun Li will join the Lewis Center for the Art’s Program in Creative Writing faculty at Princeton University in September 2017. She has been appointed a full Professor of Creative Writing and will be teaching undergraduate creative writing workshops.
Jane Cox, Director of the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University has been nominated for a Tony Award for her lighting design of the Broadway production of August Wilson’s play Jitney. In addition to her work as a professional lighting designer, Cox has served as a lecturer in the Program in Theater since 2007 and was appointed as Director in July 2016. She was also recently nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for her lighting design of New York Theatre Workshop’s production of Othello starring Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo.