GRANVILLE – Tuesday, Nov 27, 4:30 p.m. – Denison University – Barney Davis Boardroom
Lee Smith has published 12 novels and four collections of short stories. She is a recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the North Carolina Award for Literature, and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award.
In 2010, she published a collection of new and selected stories named Mrs. Darcy and the Blue Eyed Stranger and also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the State Library of Virginia. On May 30, 2011 Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger will be published in paperback.
CINCINNATI - Friday, Nov 30, 4:00 p.m. – University of Cincinnati - Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library
Tracy Smith is the author of three books of poetry. Her most recent collection, Life on Mars (Graywolf, 2011), won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. The collection draws on sources as disparate as Arthur C. Clarke and David Bowie, and is in part an elegiac tribute to her late father, an engineer who worked on the Hubble Telescope. Duende (2007) won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body’s Question (2003) was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005. After her undergraduate work at Harvard, Smith earned her MFA at Columbia before going on to be a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University from 1997 to 1999. She currently teaches Creative Writing at Princeton University, and has also taught at Columbia, City University of New York, and the University of Pittsburgh. She lives in Brooklyn.