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Tracey K Smith named new US poet laureate

Tracey K Smith has been named the 22nd poet laureate of the United States, reports Publishers Weekly.

Smith is the author of three books of poetry Life on Mars, Duende and The Body’s Questions (all Graywolf Press); and the memoir Ordinary Light, which was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize, Whiting Award, Robert Creeley Award, Rona Jaffe Writers Award and Columbia University’s Medal for Excellence. She is also the director of the creative writing program at Princeton University.

Smith is the first poet laureate appointed by new librarian of congress Carla Hayden, and succeeds Juan Felipe Herrera.

The Poet Laureate is appointed for one year and receives a US$35,000 (A$46,000) salary and an office at the Library of Congress in Washington.


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