Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith

About Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith (born April 16, 1972 in Falmouth, Massachusetts) is an American poet, anthologist, translator, and college professor. She made a name for herself through the publication of 3 collections of poetry, each of which won awards: 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 Prize and the Essense Literary Prize and finally Life on Mars (2011), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. After teaching successively at Medgar Evers College, attached to the City University of New York, then at the University of Pittsburgh and at Columbia University in New York, she holds a chair at the Lewis Center for the Arts in Princeton University where she serves as Director of Creative Writing Programs.
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