Tracy K. Smith

Meet Our U.S. Poet Laureate

MAY 25 & 26

see times below

Center for the Arts & Teton County Library

Communications, 307-733-2164 x132

Poems provide a reader with a vocabulary for the inner life, it provides a sense of language, images, and even a visceral feeling that says: This is what it feels like to live in this world." Tracy K. Smith

An evening with the U.S. Poet Laureate

7 p.m.
Lecture and reading
8 p.m. Book signing in the lobby
Center for the Arts
Free tickets available at the library beginning WED, MAY 9.

Writing Workshop

Nothing Like Itself: A Workshop on the Uses of Metaphor
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Teton County Library Ordway Auditorium
We'll read and discuss published poems that employ vigorous metaphors, and begin poems of our own that take advantage of the same tools. No registration required. Please bring your writing tool of choice.

About Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith was born in Massachusetts and raised in northern California. She earned a BA from Harvard University and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. From 1997 to 1999 she held a Stegner fellowship at Stanford University. Smith is the author of three books of poetry: The Body's Question (2003), which won the Cave Canem prize for the best first book by an African-American poet; Duende (2007), winner of the James Laughlin Award and the Essense Literary Award; Life on Mars (2011), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; and Wade in the Water (just released April, 2018). In 2014 she was awarded the Academy of American Poets fellowship. She has also written a memoir, Ordinary Light (2015), which was a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction.

In June 2017, Smith was named U.S. poet laureate. She teaches creative writing at Princeton University.

About the U.S. Poet Laureate

Serving as the nation's official poet, the Poet Laureate seeks to raise the national consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry.  He or she is appointed to the position by the Librarian of Congress for a one-year term.

About Writers in the Schools

The Center event follows a presentation at the high school for students by Smith, part of the library’s Writers in the Schools initiative. Teton County Library and Teton County School District collaborate on this ongoing initiative, bringing inspiring writers into direct contact with young readers and aspiring writers. Recent authors who have visited include Jack Gantos, Cornelia Funke and Juan Felipe Herrera. Tracy K. Smith’s visit is made possible by funding from the Teton County Library Foundation and The Cross Foundation. Lodging is being generously provided by Springhill Suites by Marriott.