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Tracy K. Smith, United States Poet Laureate, to Give Emily Dickinson Lecture

Thursday, October 19, at 7:30 pm. Nittany Lion Inn This reading is free and open to the public.

United States Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize Winner, and National Book Award finalist Tracy K. Smith will offer a reading at Penn State as this year's Emily Dickinson Lecturer.

Smith is the author of several Collections of poems, including The Body's Question (2003), Duende (2007), and Life on Mars (2011), which won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book.  The collection draws on sources as disparate as Arthur C. Clarke and David Bowie, and is in part an elegiac tribute to her late father, an engineer who worked on the Hubble Telescope.  Her memoir Ordinary Light (2015), in many ways an elegy for her mother, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Nonfiction and was selected as a Notable Book by the New York Times and Washington Post.