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.
Anne Holmes of the Library’s Poetry and Literature Center wrote this post, which first appeared on “From the Catbird Seat,” the center’s blog. Tracy K. Smith, the 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library, will give her inaugural reading in the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium this evening, marking the beginning of her laureateship. Like her predecessors, Smith […]
(The following is a repost from the blog “From the Catbird Seat: Poetry and Literature at the Library of Congress.”) Today the Library of Congress announced the appointment of the 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, Tracy K. Smith. Following is an interview that Poetry and Literature Center digital content manager Anne Holmes conducted with […]
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