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Winter Words: Tracy K. Smith

Doors 5:30pm, Event 6pm

The 21st Winter Words series celebrates some of America’s leading authors, including Pulitzer Prize winners, New York Times best-sellers and the U.S. Poet Laureate. From a coming-of-age surf memoir to a new novel on the immigrant experience, their work represents distinctive voices and storytelling at its finest.

Tracy K. Smith

U.S. Poet Laureate // Pulitzer Prize Winner

Tracy K. Smith was appointed the 22nd United States Poet Laureate in 2017. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir “Ordinary Light” and three books of poetry. Her collection “Life on Mars” won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. “Duende” won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. “The Body’s Question” was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005. In 2014 the Academy of American Poets awarded Smith with the Academy Fellowship, given to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement. Smith is a professor at Princeton University, where she is director of the creative writing program. Her next collection of poems, “Wade in the Water,” is forthcoming in 2018.

Winter Words

January 9 Alice McDermott

February 20 Christina Baker Kine

March 20 William Finnegan

April 3 Luis Alberto Urrea


*A signing will follow each discussion

*Explore Booksellers will have books for purchase

Paepcke Auditorium, Aspen Institute Campus
Location Address: 
1000 North 3rd St, Aspen, CO 81611
Admission Price: 
$25 tickets | $80 Series Pass | $60 Member Pass
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