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Tracy K. Smith is the author of the memoir Ordinary Light and three books of poetry: Life on Mars, which received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize; Duende, recipient of the 2006 James Laughlin Award, and The Body's Question, which won the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith is also the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Award and a Whiting Award. She was the Literature protégé in the 2009-2011 cycle of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. In June 2017 she was named the 22nd U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2017-2018 by the Library of Congress.

"Think Out Loud"

Interview on OPB fm’s Think Out Loud, recording 2/16/17 in Portland, OR

Tracy K. Smith Explores Humans' Relationship With the Universe

From 'My God, It's Full of Stars' by Tracy K. Smith

Selected Works

Article “Why Poetry Is Essential to Democracy” | The Wall Street Journal


Tracy K. Smith at “Winter Words” via The Aspen Institute on Facebook Live:

In the News

“Tracy K. Smith wins Pulitzer Prize for poetry” |  Princeton University News

“Poetry, Puppets and Playgrounds” |  The New York Times

Tracy K. Smith Awarded an Academy of American Poets 2014 Fellowship

“Librarian of Congress Names Tracy K. Smith Poet Laureate” | Library of Congress

“Tracy K. Smith Is the New Poet Laureate” | The New York Times

Interview With the New Poet Laureate — Tracy K. Smith |

Interview with Tracy K. Smith |

“Tracy K. Smith to Give Opening Reading as Poet Laureate Sept. 13, 2017”  |  Library of Congress

“Why Poems Stick With Us Forever, According to the US Poet Laureate” | The Aspen Institute

Campus Address

New South Building, Floor 6

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