Contact: Vogue Robinson
Phone: (702) 706-2383
8/16/2018

PLOTUS Offers Free Public Workshop, Reading

​       The Poet Laureate of the United States, Tracy K. Smith, will offer a free, public workshop and reading in Las Vegas on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

       The workshop will be held 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the County's Winchester Cultural Center at 3130 McLeod Drive, just north of Desert Inn Road. The poetry reading and book signing will take place at 7 p.m. at the West Charleston Library at 6301 W. Charleston Blvd. The event sponsors are NV Energy, Clark County, UNLV and Amazon.

       "We have been working to bring Tracy K. Smith to Clark County for a full year," said Clark County Poet Laureate Vogue Robinson. "I am so grateful for the phenomenal team that has made this possible!"

       In 2017, Smith was appointed the 22nd United States Poet Laureate. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, "Ordinary Light" (Knopf, 2015), and three books of poetry, including her most recent, "Wade in the Water" (Graywolf, 2018). Her collection, "Life on Mars," won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book.

       "Duende" won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body's Question was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She is the Roger S. Berlind '52 Professor in the Humanities, and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University. Of Smith's poetry, Toi Derricotte says, "The surfaces of a Tracy K. Smith poem are beautiful and serene, but underneath, there is always a sense of an unknown vastness. Her poems take the risk of inviting us to imagine, as the poet does, what it is to travel in another person's shoes."

       United through a shared love of words and drive to empower the next generation of writers, the following literary entities and projects have joined together to host luminary Tracy K. Smith: The Clark County Poet Laureate, Poetry Promise, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, The Believer, and The Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute.

More Information is available at http://www.ClarkCountyNV.gov, https://www.blackmountaininstitute.org/
http://poetrypromise.org/, https://www.believermag.com/ and https://lvccld.org.

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