Today, Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, named Tracy K. Smith as the U.S. Poet Laureate for 2017.
Smith, 45, is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of three books of poetry, Life on Mars, The Body’s Question, and Duende as well as a memoir, Ordinary Light. She earned Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees from Harvard and Columbia, was awarded a poetry fellowship at Stanford, and currently teaches at Princeton University.
On her new position, Smith told NPR, “What excites me is that I’m an ambassador for poetry, which is something that I wholeheartedly believe in and that has been an anchor and a force of stability and consolation throughout my life.”