Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith is Poet Laureate of the United States. Her many other awards and honors include a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, a 2004 Rona Jaffe Writers Award, a 2008 Essence Literary Award, a grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, a 2005 Whiting Award, the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her newest book Wade in the Water will be available in April, 2018. She is the director of Princeton University’s creative writing program and lives in New Jersey.

Academy of American Poets Chancellor Toi Derricotte said of her poems: “The surfaces of a Tracy K. Smith poem are beautiful and serene, but underneath, there is always a sense of an unknown vastness. Her poems take the risk of inviting us to imagine, as the poet does, what it is to travel in another person’s shoes. The Academy is fortunate to be able to confer this fitting recognition on one of the most important poets of our time.”


A Poetry Reading