Literature & Spirituality | Tracy K. Smith

Event time: 
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 5:30pm
Admission: 
Free; no tickets or registration
Location: 
Linsly-Chittenden Hall (LC) Rm. 317 See map
63 High Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Reading from Wade in the Water
The Lana Schwebel Memorial Lecture in Religion and Literature

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 (forthcoming, 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.

Open to: 
General Public

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