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Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith: Online Resources

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Tracy K. Smith. U.S. Poet Laureate, 2017-
Tracy K. Smith
U.S. Poet Laureate, 2017-

Photo credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

On June 14, 2017, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the appointment of Tracy K. Smith as the 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. On making the appointment, Dr. Hayden said:

It gives me great pleasure to appoint Tracy K. Smith, a poet of searching. Her work travels the world and takes on its voices; brings history and memory to life; calls on the power of literature as well as science, religion, and pop culture. With directness and deftness, she contends with the heavens or plumbs our inner depths—all to better understand what makes us most human.

Smith took up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season on September 13, 2017 with a reading of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium. During her tenure as laureate, Smith intends to take poetry to audiences outside places where poets typically present their work.

This guide provides access to selected online resources related to Tracy K. Smith's life and work. To suggest additions to this guide, please contact the Digital Reference Team.

Note on Contacting Tracy K. Smith. If you would like to contact Tracy K. Smith, please direct your inquiries as suggested below:

  • Reading and Event Requests: Contact Blue Flower Arts External Link, which represents External Link Smith, if you would like to schedule Smith for a reading or other event.
  • Permissions Requests: Contact the publisher of the poem or other material written by Smith that you'd like to reproduce.
  • Other Questions: Contact the Library's Poetry and Literature Center.

Resources

Library of Congress Web Site
   •Biographical Information, Press Releases, Articles, and Blog Posts
   •Print Resources
External Web Sites
   •Biographical Information, Blog Posts, Press Releases, Articles, Videos, and Poetry
   •Selected Prize Citations
   •Interviews, Articles, and Conversations
   •Audio Recordings
   •Videos
   •Articles and Essays by Tracy K. Smith
   •Book Reviews
   •Tracy K. Smith in the News

Library of Congress Web Site

Biographical Information, Blog Posts, Press Releases, Articles, and Videos

Biography

Poetry and Literature Center Biography of Tracy K Smith

Blog Posts

"Pic of the Week: Introducing Tracy K. Smith, the 22nd Poet Laureate"
Library of Congress Blog, September 15, 2017

"Tracy K. Smith’s Catbird Seat"
From the Catbird Seat, September 13, 2017

"Welcome to our New Poet Laureate!"
From the Catbird Seat, June 14, 2017

Press Releases

"Tracy K. Smith to Give Opening Reading as Poet Laureate Sept. 13"
August 9, 2017

"Librarian of Congress Names Tracy K. Smith Poet Laureate"
June 14, 2017

Videos

Tracy K. Smith: Poet Laureate Inaugural Reading (1:07:10)
September 13, 2017

Poetry

"The Good Life"
Poem 002 on the Poetry 180 website

Other

"New Laureate Ready To Take Poetry on Road"
Library of Congress Gazette, July 28, 2017

"Hayden Names Tracy K. Smith Poet Laureate"
Library of Congress Gazette
, June 16, 2017

Print Resources

The Library of Congress holds a number of books by Tracy K. Smith in our physical collections. To identify books edited or written by Smith, you can search the Library's online catalog under the following author heading:

Smith, Tracy K.

The Library's subscription databases, available only to on-campus users, include many articles, interviews, essays, and other materials about Smith's life and work. Contact the Digital Reference Team if you'd like to learn more about these resources.

External Web Sites

Biographical Information, Poetry

Academy of American Poets External Link
Offers a biography of Smith, the text of her poem "Duende External Link," her recipe for old fashioned tea cakes External Link, a conversation between Smith and Elizabeth Alexander External Link, and a short essay by Smith on Federico Garcia Lorca and duende External Link.

Blue Flower Arts External Link
Biography of Smith. Note: Contact Blue Flower Arts External Link if you would like to inquire about scheduling Smith for a reading or event.

Poetry Foundation External Link
Biography of Smith along with ten of her poems.

Princeton University Faculty Page External Link
Biography, contact information, courses taught, and links to Smith in the news.

Selected Prize Citations

Interviews, Articles, and Conversations

"Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith to Aspiring Poets: 'Read against your taste'" External Link
The Stanford Daily, November 2, 2017

"U.S. Poet Laureate Gives Poetry Reading in Riggs Library" External Link
The Georgetown Voice, November 2, 2017

"Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith on the Power and Mystique of Metaphor" External Link
John Hopkins University, October 25, 2017

"U.S Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith Visits Penn State" External Link
The Underground, October 23, 2017

"U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith on Chinese Poetry, Language, and the Allure of China" External Link
SupChina, October 18, 2017

"U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize Winner to Give 2017 Emily Dickinson Lecture" External Link
The Daily Collegian, October 12, 2017

"Interstellar Poet Laureate: Tracy K. Smith" External Link
Tor.com, September 20, 2017

"Not Dead Yet, Poetry Due for Comeback" External Link
Richmond Times-Dispatch, September 15, 2017

"New U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith Reports for Duty" External Link
The Washington Post, September 14, 2017

"Q&A: Tracy K. Smith" External Link
Princeton Alumni Weekly, September 13, 2017

"Rhyme and Rhythm, Words and Wonder: Princeton’s Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith" External Link
Princeton Magazine, September 2017

"Meet the Poetry Leader Americans Need Right Now" External Link
The Tempest, August 6, 2017

"Interview with Tracy K. Smith" External Link
Times Higher Education, July 20, 2017

"New Poet Laureate Challenges Humanity to Empathize" External Link
The Washington Informer, July 12, 2017

"8 Tracy K. Smith Books To Help You Get To Know The New U.S. Poet Laureate" External Link
Bustle, July 5, 2017

"Medgar Evers College Celebrates the Appointment of Tracy K Smith as US Poet Laureate" External Link
Medgar Evers College, July 2017

"New US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith Wwants to Reach beyond Poetry Fans" External Link
Missoulian, June 28, 2017

"4 Poets You Need to Read, from New Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith" External Link
PBS NewsHour, June 23, 2017

"Incoming Poet Laureate is Outgoing in Minneapolis Visit" External Link
Artcetera blog, StarTribune, June 22, 2017

"Poet laureate Tracy K. Smith to headline Northwoods Writers Conference" External Link
The Bemidji Pioneer, June 20, 2017

"Tracy K. Smith Named New U.S. Poet Laureate" External Link
The Washington Post
, June 14, 2017

"Tracy K. Smith Is the New Poet Laureate" External Link
The New York Times, June 14, 2017

"Tracy K. Smith, New U.S. Poet Laureate, Calls Poems Her 'Anchor'" External Link
NPR, June 14, 2017

"Pulitzer Prize Winner Tracy K. Smith is New US Poet Laureate" External Link
The Associated Press, June 14, 2017

"Meet the New U.S. Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith" External Link
Fortune, June 14, 2017

"Princeton professor Tracy K. Smith Named U.S. Poet Laureate" External Link
Princeton University News, June 14, 2017

"For Newly Named U.S. Poet Laureate, the Power of Poetry is Opening Ourselves to Others" External Link
PBS NewsHour, June 14, 2017

"Princeton's Tracy K. Smith Named U.S. Poet Laureate" External Link
Philly.com, June 14, 2017

"Watch New U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith Read Two of Her Poems" External Link
PBS NewsHour, June 14, 2017

"Meet Our New U.S. Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith" External Link
Jacket Copy, Los Angeles Times, June 13, 2017

"'Moving toward What I Don't Know': An Interview with Tracy K. Smith" External Link
The Iowa Review, Fall 2016

"Tracy K. Smith: Our Best Selves Are Reserved for The Page" External Link
Guernica, June 28, 2016

"Interview | Tracy K. Smith" External Link
Cosmonauts Avenue, June 15, 2016

"Concrete as Vast as Space: An Interview with Tracy K. Smith" External Link
Yale Literary Magazine, Fall 2015

"Tending the Writerly Self: An Interview with Tracy K. Smith" External Link
Femmeliterate
, August 18, 2015

"A Conversation with Tracy K. Smith ’94" External Link
Harvard Magazine, April 9, 2015

"Tracy K. Smith’s Most Treasured Cooking Tool" External Link
The New York Times, April 6, 2015

"Tracy K. Smith: No Secrets" External Link
Barnes & Noble Review, April 1, 2015

"Poet Tracy K. Smith on Grief, God and Getting Hooked on Prose" External Link
Time Out, April 1, 2015

"'That Email Changed My Life': Pulitzer-Prize Winning Poet Tracy K. Smith Celebrates Rolex Arts Initiative & Publication of Ordinary Light at the Harvard Club" External Link
Wild River Review, April 2015

"Far From Ordinary: A Profile of Tracy K. Smith" External Link
Poets & Writers, March/April 2015

"Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet Tracy K. Smith Talks about Inspiration, Personal Reflection and Recitation" External Link
Nashville Scene, February 14, 2014

"'Life on Mars': Q&A with Pulitzer-Winning Poet Tracy K. Smith" External Link
Space.com, May 4, 2012

"Interview with Tracy K. Smith – 'Poets are Lucky'" External Link
Ploughshares, May 30, 2012

"Interview with Tracy K. Smith, Winner of 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry" External Link
Writers' Block, April 17, 2012

"Poet Tracy K. Smith: Memory, Creation, Mentoring, and Mastery" External Link
Wild River Review, November 2011

"The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Interviews Tracy K. Smith" External Link
The Rumpus, June 10, 2011

"Tracy K. Smith" External Link
PBS NewsHour, May 16, 2011

Audio Recordings

Radio Programs

"How The U.S. Poet Laureate Finds Poetry In Justin Bieber" External Link
WMOT Roots Radio, September 1, 2017

"New Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith" External Link (49:00)
Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, WHYY, July 21, 2017

"U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith Aims to Capture a Divided Nation" External Link (07:30)
The Takeaway, WNYC, July 12, 2017

"Poet Laureate Hopes to Use Tenure to Promote Love and Understanding" External Link (10:28)
NewsWorks Tonight, WHYY;FM, June 20, 2017

"Capitol Hill To Undergo Changing Of The Guard With New Poet Laureate" External Link (03:55)
All Things Considered, NPR, June 17, 2017

"Think Poetry's Pretentious? America's New Poet Laureate Just Might Change Your Mind" External Link (5:50)
North Carolina Public Radio, June 16, 2017

"Tracy K. Smith Named U.S. Poet Laureate" External Link (2:53)
Morning Edition, NPR, June 14, 2017

"Is 'Useful' Poetry the Answer to Political Discord?" (6:35)
North Carolina Public Radio, February 8, 2017

"Tracy K. Smith on Life, Death, Poetry and Outer Space" External Link (55:33)
Writers & Company, CBC Radio, May 29, 2016

Tracy K. Smith External Link (28:27)
Words on a Wire, KTEP, June 28, 2015

"Does Poetry Still Matter? Yes Indeed, Says NPR NewsPoet" External Link (5:47)
Weekend Edition Saturday, NPR, April 6, 2013

Other

Town Music Performance External Link
Second Inversion, February 24, 2016

Videos

YouTube External Link
Search results for Tracy K. Smith

"Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith on Making Poetry Accessible" (5:56)
CBS This Morning, July 27, 2017

"Breaking Down Tracy K. Smith’s Poem 'Solstice'" External Link (2:52)
The New Yorker, March 6, 2017

"Tracy K. Smith on Ordinary Light: A Memoir" External Link (11:50)
AWP Bookfair, February 11, 2017

"The Spirit That Is Charged: A Conversation about Poetry and Friendship with Tina Chang and Tracy K. Smith" External Link (1:36:17)
Cave Canem, May 19, 2016

"Ordinary Light" External Link (20:27)
Book TV, C-SPAN, March 3, 2015

"Lunch Poems - Tracy K. Smith" External Link (30:55)
University of California, Berkeley, December 4, 2008

Articles and Essays by Tracy K. Smith

"What Memoir can Do that Poetry Can't" External Link
Literary Hub, April 16, 2015

"Wipe that Smirk Off York Poem"
The New York Times, March 16, 2015

"Why Poetry Is Essential to Democracy" External Link
The Wall Street Journal, April 7, 2012

Book Reviews

Ordinary Light: A Memoir (2015)

Life on Mars (2011)

Duende (2007)

The Body's Question (2003)

Tracy K. Smith in the News

Google News search on Tracy K. Smith External Link

Twitter results for Tracy K. Smith External Link

 

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