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Tracy K. Smith
Poet Laureate of the United States


Born in Massachusetts, the Commonwealth that produced many of America's earliest poets, Tracy K. Smith and family relocated to California.  She earned BA from Harvard University and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University.


1997 to 1999 Smith was a Stegner fellowship at Stanford University. She is the author of three poetry books: 
The Body's Question (2003), winner of the Cave Canem prize for the best first book by an African-American poet; 
Duende
 (2007), she won the James Laughlin Award and the Essense Literary Award; Life on Mars (2011), the cherished Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; and Wade in the Water to be released in April 2018. 2014 saw her awarded the Academy of American Poets fellowship. She has  written a memoir, Ordinary Light (2015),  a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction.

This June 2017, Smith was named U.S. Poet Laureate. She is a creative writing teacher at Princeton University.
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