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Pic of the Week: Introducing Tracy K. Smith, the 22nd Poet Laureate

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Tracy K. Smith. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Tracy K. Smith took the stage in the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium on Wednesday night, September 13, for her inaugural reading as the 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. She read from each of her published works, concluding with poems from her forthcoming collection, “Wade in the Water.”

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden hosted the event, which kicked off the Library’s 2017–18 literary season. First-ever National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman opened the evening with an original poem written for the occasion.

A recording of the reading is available on the Library’s YouTube channel.


  1. I had a wonderful and inspiring evening, thank you for the opportunity to hear both poets!

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