2012 Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry
October 17 • 7:30 p.m.
Alexander Kasser Theater
No charge, tickets required for admission.
Join us for this sixth installment in a series of public forums on the state of the arts as viewed by prominent contemporary artists and thinkers. Tracy K. Smith is an American poet whose most recent collection, Life on Mars, won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. The collection draws on sources as disparate as Arthur C. Clarke and David
Bowie, and is a tribute to her late father, an engineer who worked on the Hubble Telescope.
At times political, whimsical, and always meditative, Smith’s poems speak largely to the role of art and to the concepts of what it means to be American, dealing with the “evolution and decline of the culture we belong to.” For Smith, in her own words, poetry is a way of “stepping into the mess of experience.”
In the tradition of past speakers such as Bill T. Jones, Karen Finley, Laurie Anderson, Robert Brustein, and Christopher Janney, Tracy K. Smith brings a captivatingly lyrical view of the arts to Montclair State University.