A Conversation with U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith

Pulitzer Prize winner and U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith was raised in a Baptist household, and her mother's devout faith shaped her sense of self, language, life, health, and the past. Her childhood experiences are the inspiration for much of her work, which has received national acclaim.

In this Faith and Culture series conversation, author and series moderator Paul Elie invited Smith to talk about her poetry; her searching memoir, Ordinary Light (2015); and her forthcoming book, Wade in the Water (2018). They explored the role a religious sensibility plays in her work and discussed the challenge of communicating home truths to future generations.

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