Tracy K. Smith: Ghost Writing

Loss has shaped Tracy K. Smith’s perspective: as a poet, and as a person.

About Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith was born in Massachusetts and raised in northern California. She earned a BA from Harvard University and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. From 1997 to 1999 she held a Stegner fellowship at Stanford University. Smith is the author of three books of poetry: The Body's Question, which won the Cave Canem prize for the best first book by an African-American poet; Duende, winner of the James Laughlin Award and the Essense Literary Award; Life on Mars, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; and Wade in the Water. In 2014 she was awarded the Academy of American Poets fellowship. She has also written a memoir, Ordinary Light, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction. In June 2017, Smith was named U.S. poet laureate. She teaches creative writing at Princeton University.

(from Poetry Foundation)