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Tracy K. Smith

MAKERS Celebrates Black History Month: Looking Forward

During February's Black History Month, we've explored the personal histories of some of our African American MAKERS by looking at the mothers who taught them about strength and the instinct to follow their hearts that led them to who they would become. Today, on the last day of February, instead of looking back, we're looking at 5 African American MAKERS who talk about changing the future.   Read More »

Tracy K. Smith wins Pulitzer Prize for Poetry!

Monday was a great day for MAKER, Tracy K. Smith. Not only was it her 40th birthday, but the poet and Princeton University professor also won a Pulitzer Prize for her book, Life on Mars. Read More »

5 Views on Poetry & Prose

For National Poetry Month, we bring you 5 Views on Poetry and Prose. In this playlist, we follow the creation of a literary piece, from pen to publication, to tell a story about artistic expression and authorship. Read More »

Is Poetry Essential to Democracy?

Titled “Why Poetry Is Essential to Democracy,” Smith explores the power of poetry to evoke emotions in a reader necessary to make political change. Read More »