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Thursday, October 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Write On, Door County is proud to present United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith in a rare evening of reading and discussion.

Tracy K. Smith photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Tracy K. Smith photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

In 2017, Tracy K. Smith was appointed the 22nd United States Poet Laureate. She was reappointed to a second term by the Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden. Smith is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light (Knopf, 2015) and four books of poetry. Her most recent collection, Wade in the Water, was published by Graywolf Press in spring 2018.  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, awarded to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement. She is the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities, and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.  This September, Graywolf, along with the Library of Congress, will release American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Times:

FIfty Poems“Co-published by Graywolf Press and the Library of Congress, American Journal presents fifty contemporary poems that explore and celebrate our country and our lives. Poet Laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith has gathered a remarkable chorus of voices that ring up and down the registers of American poetry. In the elegant arrangement of this anthology, we hear stories from rural communities and urban centers, laments of loss in war and in grief, experiences of immigrants, outcries at injustices, and poems that honor elders, evoke history, and praise our efforts to see and understand one another. Taking its title from a poem by Robert Hayden, the first African American appointed as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, American Journal investigates our time with curiosity, wonder, and compassion.”


For those who may be unable to drive to Brussels, Write On will provide bus transportation from sites in Northern Door to the Southern Door Community Auditorium and back.  We will be able to accommodate 56 passengers, so reservations are necessary. If you would like to reserve seating, please click here, or call 920-868-1457. Scheduled stops/times are:

Scandia Village, 10560 Applewood Dr., Sister Bay, 4:30 – 4:45 pm

Baileys Harbor Public Parking Lot adjacent to fire station), 2404 Park Rd., 5 – 5:15 pm

Donald & Carol Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St., Egg Harbor, 5:30 – 5:45 pm


This program is made possible with support from the Door County Medical Center, Door County Poetry Collective, the Healthy Water Initiative of the Door County Community Foundation, and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. Additional support comes from Door Guide Publishing, Graywolf Press, Lamers Bus Lines, Red Oak Winery, Stone Harbor Resort, and Young Automotive.


Thursday, October 11, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Southern Door Community Auditorium
2073 County Road DK
Brussels, WI 54204
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