U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize Winner
In 2017, Tracy K. Smith was appointed the 22nd United States Poet Laureate. She is the author of three previous poetry collections, including Life on Mars, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, and a memoir, Ordinary Light, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. She is the recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award and a Whiting Writers Award and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. In her latest collection of poems, Wade in the Water, Smith deftly dissects the nature of citizenship in a time when the American past and present continuously collide.