With HCPP students Christopher LaMountain, Alma Bitran, Samantha Mackertich, and Meera Joseph
Tracy K. Smith
Robert Creeley Award Winner Tracy K. Smith at Award Night Reading
Helen Creeley Poetry Prize Winner Alma Bitran at Award Night Reading
Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize Winner Samantha Mackertich at Award Night Reading
The surfaces of a Tracy K. Smith poem are beautiful and serene, but underneath, there is always a sense of an unknown vastness. Her poems take the risk of inviting us to imagine, as the poet does, what it is to travel in another person's shoes. -Toi Derricotte
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and memoirist Tracy K. Smith, winner of the 16th Annual Robert Creeley Award, gave a free public reading on March 29th at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School.
Tracy K. Smith is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light (Knopf, 2015) and three books of poetry. Her collection Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. Duende won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body's Question was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers' Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005. In 2014 the Academy of American Poets awarded Smith with the Academy Fellowship, awarded to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement. She is currently the Director of Princeton University's Creative Writing Program.
If you’d like to get some insight into the workings of Tracy K. Smith’s mind and techniques before you hear her receive her Robert Creeley Award in Acton on March 29, try this interview in last April’s Harvard Magazine.