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.
These are the words of Tracy K. Smith, named last week as the Poet Laureate of the United States. (https://www.graywolfpress.org/news/tracy-k-smith-named-new-poet-laureate-united-states) The words resonate especially with those of us had the chance to participate in the recent Rural Arts Summit described in an earlier post. (https://marytreacy.wordpress.com/tag/rural-arts-and-culture-summit-2017/)
Smith’s poetry and her selection as Poet Laureate are of special interest to Minnesota readers who are long familiar with the local publisher of her work — Graywolf Press (https://www.facebook.com/GraywolfPress/) Graywolf has published numerous books of Smith’s poetry including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winner Life on Mars. Best of all, Graywolf will publish Smith’s Wade in the Water in April 2018.
Needless to say, much has been written about the new Poet Laureate in the past week – many focus her long relationship with Graywolf:
Though the Minnesota connection runs throughout the local press this blast from Bemidji tops the list of Minnesota newsmakers! We look forward to hearing more about last evening’s event! http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/local/4286330-poet-laureate-tracy-k-smith-headline-northwoods-writers-conference. We hope that America’s Poet Laureate will return often and travel throughout the region to share “the good news of poetry” with those who live in “parts of the country where literary festivals don’t always go.”