Tracy K. Smith is the author of Wade in the Water
, winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award; Life on Mars
, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Duende
, winner of the James Laughlin Award; and The Body’s Question
, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She is also the editor of an anthology, American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time
, and the author of a memoir, Ordinary Light
, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. From 2017 to 2019, Smith served as Poet Laureate of the United States. She teaches at Harvard University.