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, from the literary mecca of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown to the Falmouth Public Library lawn, where a statue stands of “America the Beautiful” author Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929), who was born and lived her early years in Falmouth. Another poet native to Falmouth, Tracy K. Smith, who was born in April 1972 at Falmouth 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 Ms. Smith as the library’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2017-18. Ms. Smith will take up her duties in the fall, opening the library’s annual literary season in September with a reading 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 […]
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