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Special Black History Month Event:
Reading by Tracy K. Smith, U.S. Poet Laureate

Friday, February 2 at 7 PM
Detroit Institute of Arts Auditorium

Celebrate Black History Month with a lecture and reading by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith. Smith is the author of three books of poetry: The Body's Question (2003), which won the Cave Canem prize for the best first book by an African-American poet; Duende (2007), winner of the James Laughlin Award and the Essence Literary Award; Life on Mars (2011), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; and Wade in the Water (forthcoming, April 2018). In 2014 she was awarded the Academy of American Poets fellowship. She has also written a memoir, Ordinary Light (2015), which was a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction. In June 2017, Smith was named U.S. Poet Laureate. She teaches creative writing at Princeton University. Presented in collaboration with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Tickets are free and reserved in advance at

DIA Black History Month programs are made possible by the generous support of Arn and Nancy Tellem.