April 19, 2014









Brooklyn Poet Wins Pulitzer Prize

( 4UMF NEWS ) Brooklyn Poet Wins Pulitzer Prize:

Monday was a really big day for Brooklyn poet Tracy K. Smith — she turned 40 and won a Pulitzer Prize. Smith was honored for the collection “Life on Mars,” which she wrote in her Boerum Hill home.

“Oh gosh, it’s been so exciting,” said Smith, who teaches creative writing at Princeton University. “I feel like it’s a gift for any writer to be recognized like this.”

Smith said “Life on Mars,” published by small Minnesota press Graywolf, was inspired in part by her father, who was an engineer on the Hubble space telescope and died in 2008.

“This is a book that in many ways is an elegy to my father. It’s nice to know that he’s also getting some recognition,” she said. “I remember him telling me about these images, what they were going to be like and being excited by them.”

The book — her third collection of poems — is also a nod to David Bowie, whose song inspired the title.

In the award citation, the Pulitzer Prize Board called Smith’s work “a collection of bold, skillful poems, taking readers into the universe and moving them to an authentic mix of joy and pain.”

Smith was pregnant with her daughter, who is now two years old, when she was working on the prize-winner.

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