Introducing the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States

On June 14th, the Library of Congress named Tracy K. Smith the newest Poet Laureate of the United States. Smith, an alumni of both Harvard and Columbia University, teaches creative writing at Princeton University and is the author of four books of poetry: The Body's Question (winner of the Cave Canem prize for best first book by an African American poet), Duende (winner of the James Laughlin Award and the Essence Literary Award), Life on Mars (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry), and her latest book Wade in the Water, which will be published in 2018.

According to a recent New York Times article, as the new Poet Laureate of the U.S., Smith intends to act as an advocate for the medium and bring poetry to smaller towns across America, places where literary events aren't as commonplace. We're excited to see what Smith brings to her tenure as Poet Laureate, and encourage you to check out her books here a the Saint Louis Public Library:

Ordinary Light

Life on Mars

The Body's Question


We welcome your respectful and on-topic comments and questions in this limited public forum. To find out more, please see Appropriate Use When Posting Content. Community-contributed content represents the views of the user, not those of St. Louis Public Library