Tracy Smith

Tracy Smith was born in the year 1972 and she is American educator and a poet. She is now working as 52nd Poet Laureate of The United States. This is the office she took over in 2017. She had published three collections of the poetry and won Pullitzer Prize for the first album she wrote called Life On Mars.

According to her biography Tracy Smith was born in Falmouth in Massachusetts and she got raised in Fairfield in California. However, the family had deep roots in the city of Alabama. The mother worked as a teacher and the father was an engineer who worked at Hubble Telescope. Tracy Smith became interested into writing and in Poetry when she was still too young. He was reading Mark Twain and Emily Dickinson while in elementary school. The poems of Dickinson struck her and they worked magic. She wrote the first poem named Humor while in fifth grade and her teacher encourages her to continue writing. She was also influenced by the work of Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Philip Larkin, Seamus Heaney and Elizabeth Bishop.

Tracy Smith started a career in teaching with Medgar Evers College in City University of New York. She then taught at Columbia University and University of Pittsburgh. In the year 2005, she started to teach at Princeton University and it is where she became a professor for creative writing. She was a judge for Griffin Poetry Prize in the year 2016.

When it comes to her personal life, Tracy Smith is married and her husband is Raphael Allison. They have three children together. Allison works at Bard College as assistant professor in literature. The two were living in Brooklyn, in the city of Boerum Hill. Tracy Smith had written three books in poetry, they are The Body’s Questions (2003) and it won a Cave Canem Prize in best first book by African-American poet, Duende which won James Laughlin Award and the Essence Literary award. Live on Mars, won Pulitzer Prize.

She is waiting to release another book called Wade in the Water. She had also written a memory called Ordinary Light and it reached to the finals of National Book Award in the nonfiction category. Tracy Smith is writing on two Operas, one is about Robert Moses and another one about Jane Jacobs with their competing vision on New York City.

Tracy Smith is also the name of a journalist who works as a correspondent of CBS Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley and on 48 hours. She was working at Channel One News Anchor. Tracy was born in the city of Wyoming, in United States in the year 1966. Most of the information that regards her early life or childhood is not available. It is also not clear who are her parents or what she was doing while growing up. Her net worth is around 20 million dollars.

Last Modified: Mar 6, 2020

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