Just a few days ago, Librarian of Congress’s Carla Hayden has announced the name of the 22nd Librarian Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. And it is no other than Princeton University’s Professor Tracy K. Smith.
Professor Smith, who teaches creative writing at the University’s very own Lewis’s Center of Arts, was named last Wednesday as the new Poet Laureate. Her term is expected to start this fall and one of her first duties is to open the Library’s yearly literary session by reading her works in the Coolidge Auditorium.
According to Hayden’s announcement, she happily appoints Tracy Smith as a poet of searching. She then proceeded to praise her works by saying how they transcend and touches life’s different aspects. Hayden also added that Smith’s works have so much depth in them that they can stir thoughts and make anyone wonder what makes them human.
Princeton University’s President Christopher L. Eisgruber also praised Tracy K. Smith for her literary works. He then expressed his gratitude and proud sentiments now that she’s named as the country’s newest Poet Laureate.
Michael Cadden, one of the senior lecturers in Lewis Art Center, lauded Smith as a brilliant and a very purposeful member of the Princeton community. He also mentioned that Smith will now have the chance to visit different states where she can share her knowledge of poetry and show them how it sends the message of living life to the fullest.
Swift herself stated that she felt extremely honored for receiving the recognition. She also expressed her excitement in sharing the power of poetry and how it can directly affect someone’s life. Her early works received awards such as the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Cave Canem Poetry Prize, 2006 James Laughlin Award and 2008 Essence Literary Award. Other notable Princeton University Poet laureates are William Meredith and Allen Tate.