Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

Pulitzer Prize Winner Tracy Smith to Read at Manhattanville College

Tracy SmithTracy K. Smith, the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry, will be reading at Manhattanville College, as part of the Master of Fine Arts in Writing (MFA) Program's "Meet the Writer" series on Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m.

 "I'll be reading poems from my newest book, Life on Mars," Smith said. "That collection focuses on themes of Science-Fiction, death, the imagined afterlife, and several news events that seemed to shed light, for me, on the dark ways that we relate to one another as individuals and as citizens."

Smith earned her BA from Harvard University and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. In addition to her Pulitzer Prize winning collection, Smith will also be reading from her previous works,

The Body's Question (2003), which won the Cave Canem prize for the best first book by an African-American poet and Duende (2007), winner of the James Laughlin Award and the Essence Literary Award.

"It's always a pleasure for me to share my work with audiences interested in poetry, and I look forward to meeting and speaking with members of the Manhattanville College Community," she said.

Camille Rankine, Assistant Director of the MFA Program, who will be hosting the introduction for Smith's reading, has had the opportunity to work with the Pulitzer winner in the past.

"I've been an admirer of Ms. Smith's poetry for a long time, and had done some work with her in my previous position at Cave Canem, where she is a fellow," Rankine said. "She's an incredibly talented and thoughtful poet, and I was especially moved by her work in Life on Mars, which I found to be remarkably imaginative and surprising, funny and poignant in turn, and beautifully, expertly crafted."

"Meet the Writer" is a program that features prominent writers, who come to Manhattanville to discuss their art and process with fellow writers and community members. The reading will take place at 7 p.m. in the West Room of Reid Castle.

"I'm pleased that the Manhattanville community will have an opportunity to engage in a conversation about the craft of writing with a poet of her caliber," Rankine said.