U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K Smith to give 2017 Emily Dickinson Lecture
Thursday, October 19 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Assembly Room, Nittany Lion Inn
U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light (Knopf, 2015) and three
books of poetry. Her collection Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York
Times Notable Book. Duende won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets
and an Essence Literary Award. The Body’s Question was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize.
Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005. In 2014 the
Academy of American Poets awarded Smith with the Academy Fellowship, awarded to one poet each year
to recognize distinguished poetic achievement. She is the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities
and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.
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