The two poets will discuss Tracy’s new prose memoir Ordinary Light, as well as her thoughts on poetry. The discussion is likely to touch on a wide variety of subjects, including but not limited to, her fascination with Mars, David Bowie, duende, fathers, dark matter, and the Museum of Obsolescence. Audience questions will be welcome.
TRACY K. SMITH is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light and three books of poetry. Her collection Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. In 2014 the Academy of American Poets awarded Smith with the Academy Fellowship, awarded to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement.
MATTHEW ZAPRUDER is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Come On All You Ghosts, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His other books include Sun Bear, as well as a book of prose, Why Poetry, forthcoming from Ecco Press in 2016. An assistant professor in the St. Mary’s College of California MFA Program and English Department, he is also editor-at-large at Wave Books. He lives in Oakland, California.