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The Weight of History: A Reading and Talk by Tracy K. Smith

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March 15, 2023: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Join the Axinn Center for the Humanities at Middlebury College for a poetry reading and talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith at Wilson Hall on the college campus. This event is free and open to the public.

About the presenter

Tracy K. Smith is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and U.S. Poet Laureate (2017-2019). Her Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection Life on Mars (2012) was also voted a New York Times Notable Book, and the New Yorker, Library Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year. She has won numerous awards and recognition for her other work, including the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets for her second book, entitled Duende, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, for her fourth book’s examination of the contradictions tied up in America’s history. Smith is currently the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at Harvard Radcliffe Institute and a professor of English and of African American Studies in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

This talk is presented by The Axinn Center for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the English Department and Creative Writing Program, the American Studies Department, the Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, the Feminist Resource Center at Chellis House, the Writing Program, the Black Studies Program, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, and Vermont Humanities.


March 15, 2023
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Axinn Center for the Humanities
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Wilson Hall, Middlebury College
14 Old Chapel Rd.
Middlebury, VT 05753 United States
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