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March 5, 2010

Poet Tracy K. Smith to Read at Smith College

High School Prize-Winners to Join Her on Stage

tracy smithNORTHAMPTON, Mass.— Smith College will present a reading by poet Tracy K. Smith at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Smith served as the judge of the fourth annual Smith College Poetry Prize for High School Girls in New England. She chose as the winner Haeyeon Cho of Korea, who attends Milton Academy in Milton, Mass., and three finalists: Samantha Ardoin, who attends Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire; Elizabeth Bennet of Milton, Mass.; and Carly McIver, of Marblehead, Mass. Eight semi-finalists were selected and represent Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine. The winners will join Smith on stage and read their poems.

Smith received degrees in English and creative writing from Harvard and Columbia universities and went on to be a Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University. She received the Cave Canem Prize for her first book, “The Body’s Question,” in which she focused on the desire to engage with the “details and events that seemed somehow unresolved” in her life. Her second book, “Duende” won the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets.

Smith is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Princeton University and lives in Brooklyn.

To commemorate Smith’s visit to Smith and as part of the Smith College Poetry Center’s growing broadside series, Barry Moser, Printer to the College, has made a fine letterpress broadside of an excerpt of his poem “Diego,” complete with an original illustration. The broadside’s public unveiling will take place on March 23, when it will be available for sale at a one-time reduced price.

Smith’s reading will be followed by a book sale and signing. For further information, call Michaela Cahillane in the Poetry Center office at (413) 585-4891 or Ellen Doré Watson, Poetry Center director, at (413) 585-3368.

For disability access information or to request accommodations, call (413) 585-2407. To request a sign language interpreter specifically, call (413) 585-2071 (voice or TTY) or e-mail All requests must be made at least 10 days prior to the event.

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