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22nd Poet Laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize Winner Tracy K. Smith

  • Dates: April 19, 2024
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Price: Free
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    Tracy K. Smith

    7 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2024

    Reading and McKinney Writing Contest Awards,
    EMPAC Building, Concert Hall, Rensselaer (RPI),
    110 8th St, Troy.
    For more information, contact McKinney@rpi.edu

    Tracy K. Smith is an award-winning poet, memoirist, editor, translator, and opera librettist. She received the Pulitzer Prize for her 2011 poetry collection, Life on Mars, an elegy for her father, a scientist who worked on the Hubble Space Telescope. Her memoir, Ordinary Light, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

    Smith served as the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States from 2017-19. Her new book is To Free the Captives: A Plea for the American Soul (Nov. 2023), a stunning personal manifesto on memory, family, and history that explores how we in America might —together — come to a new view of our shared past. The book was named a TIME and Washington Post Best Book of the Year.

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