Tracy K. Smith visits Maine

November 2018

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U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith visited Maine on November 1, 2018, as part of her project American Conversations: Celebrating Poems in Rural Communities.” 

To coincide with her “American Conversations” visits, Tracy K. Smith also unveiled a new poetry anthology featuring the work of 50 living American poets: American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time. As the title suggests, they are contemplating what it feels like to live, work, love, strive, raise a family, and survive many kinds of loss in this vast and varied nation.

“Because poems put us in touch with our most powerful memories, feelings, questions and wishes, I imagined that talking about poems might be a way of leaping past small-talk and collapsing the distance between strangers,” Smith has said. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to take what I consider to be the good news of poetry to parts of the country where literary festivals don’t always go. Poetry is something that’s relevant to everyone’s life, whether they’re habitual readers of poetry or not.” – Tracy K. Smith

Community Co-Sponsors: 

Lewiston Public Library | 21st Century | Choose Yourself | City of Lewiston | Auburn Public Library | For Us, By Us 
Maine Writers &Publishers Alliance | Tree Street Youth | Maine Community Integration | Bates College
Literacy Volunteers of Androscoggin County | Museum L/A

The Mountain Poets Society | Norway Downtown | Oxford Hills Adult Education | OHCHS English Department | OHCHS Library | Paris Public Library 
Waterford Library Association | Harrison Village Library | Norway Historical Society


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