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Guernica Contributor Tracy K. Smith Wins Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

April 20, 2012

Congratulations to Tracy K. Smith, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her 2011 collection Life on Mars. The prize committee called the volume, inspired by the death of her father, “a collection of bold, skillful poems, taking readers into the universe and moving them to an authentic mix of joy and pain.”

Smith, who teaches creative writing at Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts, guest-edited a series of seven poems for Guernica in 2007. Read her selections—on topics from loss to desire and modernity—here, and excerpts from Life on Mars here.

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