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Poet Laureate of the United States, Tracy K. Smith - Reading

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Poetry Promise, the Clark County Poet Laureate, Black Mountain Institute, and the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District come together to present U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, who will offer a free, public workshop and reading in Las Vegas on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Smith was appointed the 22nd United States Poet Laureate, and she is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light (Knopf, 2015) and three books of poetry, including her most recent Wade in the Water (Graywolf, 2018). Her collection Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book.

This event is free and open to the public, but a reservation is highly recommended. Arrive early, as seating will be limited, based on a first-come-first-serve basis.

In 2017, Tracy K. Smith was appointed the 22nd United States Poet Laureate. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light (Knopf, 2015) and three books of poetry, including her most recent Wade in the Water (Graywolf, 2018). Her collection Life on Marswon 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. She is the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities, and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University. Of Smith’s poetry, Toi Derricotte says, “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.”


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We are proud to thank our sponsors: NV Energy, Clark County Nevada, UNLV, Amazon.