Tracy K. Smith has been appointed to a second term as Poet Laureate of the United States by the Library of Congress in the United States. The appointment was made on 22 March. Smith intends to continue her mission to take poetry to rural
In accepting her second term, Smith said: “My project as Poet Laureate has brought me into contact with rural communities in the South and Southwest, and not only do we recognize and have many things to say to each other, but talking
about poems together allows us to access and share our feelings and bear witness to the experiences that shape our lives. I’m excited to pursue this project further over the next year.”
Smith, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her collection of poems, <em>Life on Mars</em>, is about to publish a new collection of poems titled <em>Wade in the Water</em>. She was inspired to write her first work of prose,
<em>Ordinary Light</em>, a memoir, during her Rolex mentorship with Hans Magnus Enzensberger in 2010 - 2011.
As part of her work with the Library of Congress, Smith has also edited <em>American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time</em>, scheduled for publication in September by Graywolf Press.
Smith told <a target="_blank" href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/20/books/review/tracy-k-smith-by-the-book.html"><em>The New York Times Book Review</em></a> recently how one of the people whom she considers to
be one of the best writers working today is Colm Tóibín, the Rolex mentor in literature for 2018 - 2019. Others include Linda Gregg, Kevin Young, Brenda Shaughnessy, Mark Doty, Marie Howe, W. S. Merwin, Zadie Smith,
Tessa Hadley, Hilton Als and Claudia Rankine.