Indiana Humanities, in partnership with Brick Street Poetry and the Indianapolis Public Library, are excited to welcome U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith to Indiana for a poetry tour from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29. The events held in Greencastle, Hanover and Indianapolis will be free and open to the public, and an event in Shelbyville will be for students. However, seating is limited.
The tour will serve as the closing program for Indiana Humanities’ two-year thematic initiative called Quantum Leap which explores the spirit of possibility and problem solving that happens when we bridge the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields with the humanities (poetry, literature, history, philosophy, religion, world languages and culture, etc.).
Smith, whose book of poetry Life on Mars won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2011, was in part inspired by her father’s work as an engineer for the Hubble Space Telescope and includes science fiction and cosmic themes. Smith will be joined by Dr. Dee Goertz of Hanover College for the conversation.
Doors open at 6pm and a book signing will follow.
About Tracy K. Smith
In 2017, Tracy K. Smith was appointed the 22nd United States Poet Laureate. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir “Ordinary Light” (Knopf, 2015) and four books of poetry including “Wade in the Water” (April 2018). Her collection “Life on Mars” won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. 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.