Tracy K. Smith Keynote Address
Currently serving as the 52nd Poet Laureate of the United States, Smith is the author of four volumes of poetry and a memoir Tracy K. Smith’s 2011 collection, Life on Mars, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and her 2015 book, Ordinary Life: A Memoir, about race, faith, and her growing realization that poetry would be her chosen language, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction. As Poet Laureate, she takes poetry on the road around the country, primarily to rural areas. She hopes to make poetry part of a common language, and she encourages people to use poetry to “rehumanize” themselves in a technological world. A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University, Smith is the Roger S. Berlind Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, where she is the director and a professor of creative writing. She became interested in poetry at an early age, reading Emily Dickinson and Mark Twain in elementary school, wrote her first poem when she was in fifth grade.
Tracy Smith was scheduled to be the keynote speaker for the 11th Annual On the Same Page Literary Festival last September but was cancelled due to weather.
The Literary Festival, the Arts Council and the Ashe Library are very excited that Ms. Smith was able to re-schedule her visit.
This event is free and seating is first come and first serve.