Tracy K. Smith Is the New Poet Laureate
TheLibrary of Congress has named Ms. Tracy K. Smith its new poet laureate, the nation’s highest honor in that field. With therecently announced appointment, announced, Ms. Smith will take on a role held by some of the country’s most revered poet.
Ms. Smith, 45, said she planned to use the position to be a literary evangelist of sorts, by visiting small towns and rural areas to hold poetry events.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to take what I consider to be the good news of poetry to parts of the country where literary festivals don’t always go,” she said. “Poetry is something that’s relevant to everyone’s life, whether they’re habitual readers of poetry or not.”
Ms. graduated from Harvard with a degree in English and Afro-American studies. She received her M.F.A. from Columbia University and published her first collection, “The Body’s Question,” in 2003. Lately, Ms. Smith, is the director of the creative writing program at Princeton University. History is also a recurring theme in her forthcoming collection, “Wade in the Water.