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. The Pulitzer Prize is one of the highest honors in literature, and places Smith in prestigious company, alongside other celebrated authors, like Alice Walker.
Smith’s book of poems, Life on Mars, was inspired in part by her father, an engineer on the Hubble space telescope, and passed away in 2008. In an interview Smith gave to MAKERS.com, she explains that this collection of poetry came out of her desire to explore concepts of space and the universe, “as metaphors for American life.”
[Book World: Tracy K. Smith’s 2012 Pulitzer-winning poems are worth a read – Washington Post]