April 5 - 14, 2019
US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith
Evening Event

Current U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith visits CPCC just as her new collection, Wade in the Water, is released. Her collection Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and Ordinary Light: A Memoir was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award. In addition to Life on Mars, Smith is the author of two previous collections: Duende, winner of the James Laughlin Award and the Essence Literary Award, and The Body's Question, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She is a member of the Creative Writing Faculty at Princeton University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

“As all the best poetry does, Life on Mars first sends us out into the magnificent chill of the imagination and then returns us to ourselves, both changed and consoled.”

The New York Times Sunday Book Review

Smith will read from and discuss her work twice: Wednesday, April 11, at 8pm (Pease Auditorium), and Thursday, April 12, at 11am (Dale F. Halton Theater). Both are free and open to the public, with general admission and no reservations.


Wade in the Water cover     Life on Mars cover     Ordinary Light cover 




  • Wed. April 11 at 8PM
  • Thu. April 12 at 11AM