We have a new U.S. Poet Laureate: Tracy K. Smith! In 2011, her book of poetry Life on Mars won a Pulitzer. She currently teaches at Princeton.
Some things you might not know about this position:
- The official title for this position is: Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.
- The librarian of Congress (currently Carla Hayden) appoints the position.
- This position started in 1937 and the stipend accompanying it is only $35,000.
Here’s a link to NPR’s article “Tracy K. Smith, New U.S. Poet Laureate, Calls Poems Her ‘Anchor'”
picture from NPR
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