Tracy K. Smith Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 28 Feb, 2021
Facts of Tracy K. Smith
Date of Birth: 1972 , April-16
Age: 49 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Name Tracy K. Smith
Birth Name Tracy K. Smith
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA
Profession Poet, Educator
Married Yes
Married to Raphael Allison
Children 3
Education Harvard University, Columbia University
Awards Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, James Laughlin Award, Robert Creeley Award
Books Ordinary Light
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Tracy K. Smith is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet and educator who served as the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States. 

How Old Is Tracy K. Smith? Where Was She Educated? 

Tracy K. Smith was born on April 16, 1972, in Falmouth, Massachusetts, to a teacher mother and an engineer father. The 48-year-old grew up in Fairfield, California, and attended Harvard University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, and Columbia University, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing.

What is Tracy K. Smith Known For?

Tracy K. Smith has taught at the City University of New York's Medgar Evers College, the University of Pittsburgh, and her alma mater, Columbia University. She is also a faculty member of Princeton University since 2006 and was a Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University in the late nineties.

Smith has published four poetry collections, namely The Body's Question (2003), Duende (2007), Life on Mars (2011), and Wade in the Water (2018). Life on Mars won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2012.

Tracy K. Smith's four poetry collections SOURCE: Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

Besides that, Smith has contributed to more than a dozen poems and earned several awards and distinctions including a Cave Canem Prize in 2002, a Whiting Award in 2005, and a James Laughlin Award in 2006, to name a few.      

From 2017 to 2019. Smith served two terms as the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States.    

In 2015, her memoir titled Ordinary Light was published.  

Who Is Tracy K. Smith's Husband? Does She Have Children?    

Tracy K. Smith is married to Raphael Allison, an assistant professor of literature at Bard College.

Tracy K. Smith with her husband Raphael Allison SOURCE: The New York Times

She and her husband have three children. They are currently listed as residing in Princeton, New Jersey.  

What is Tracy K. Smith's Net Worth in 2021? 

According to some sources, Tracy K. Smith is believed to be worth at least $1 million as of February 2021. The 48-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and educator has published four poetry collections and contributed to over a dozen more. She served as the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States from 2017 to 2019.  

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