US Poet Lau­re­ate Tra­cy Smith vis­its the Library of Con­gress Poet­ry and Lit­er­a­ture Cen­ter in Wash­ing­ton, DC, on May 22. Poet­ry holds a place of hon­or across Cape Cod, the mec­ca of the Fine Arts Work Cen­ter in Province­town to the Pub­lic Library lawn, where a stat­ue stands of “Amer­i­ca the Beau­ti­ful” author Katharine Lee Bates (1859−1929), who was born and lived ear­ly years in . Anoth­er poet native to , Tra­cy K. Smith, who was born in April 1972 at Hos­pi­tal but spent most of her child­hood in cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia, is the nation’s new poet lau­re­ate. On June 14, the US Librar­i­an of Con­gress Car­la Hay­den appoint­ed . Smith as the library’s 22nd Poet Lau­re­ate Con­sul­tant in Poet­ry for 2017 – 18. . Smith will take up her duties in the , open­ing the library’s lit­er­ary in Sep­tem­ber with a  of her work in the Coolidge Audi­to­ri­um in Wash­ing­ton, DC. Ms. Smith, 45, a Pulitzer Prize-win­ning poet and a pro­fes­sor at Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty, suc­ceeds Juan Felipe Her­rera as poet lau­re­ate. “It gives me great plea­sure to appoint Tra­cy K. Smith, a poet of search­ing,” Ms. Hay­den said in a release. “Her work […]