Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet to Visit Canisius

BUFFALO, NY ― Canisius College presents Pulitzer Prize winning poet Tracy K. Smith who will read from her works on Thursday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center. Smith’s visit, which is part of the Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series, is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Smith is the author of three books of poetry: The Body's Question, which won the Cave Canem prize for the best first book by an African-American poet; Duende, winner of the James Laughlin Award and the Essence Literary Award; and Life on Mars, which won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Smith is professor of creative writing at Princeton University. From 1997 to 1999 she held a Stegner fellowship at Stanford University. Smith earned her BA from Harvard University and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University.

The Contemporary Writers Series was developed by Mick Cochrane, PhD, professor of English and Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius.  Founded with a grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation and continued through the Peter Canisius Distinguished Teaching Professorship Program, the writer series is generously supported by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Hassett and Scoma Endowments, and with the cooperation of The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Just Buffalo Literary Center, Western New York Writing Project and Talking Leaves Books.

For more information on the Contemporary Writers Series, contact Cochrane at 716-888-2662.

Canisius is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.