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INconversation with Tracy K. Smith: Indianapolis

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Indianapolis Public Library - Central Library

40 East Saint Clair Street

Indianapolis, IN 46204

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U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith will travel to Indiana for a Quantum Leap Poetry Tour from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29. The events will be held in Greencastle, Hanover, Indianapolis and Shelbyville. All events are free, however, seating is limited.

The tour will serve as the closing program for Indiana Humanities’ two-year thematic initiative called Quantum Leap which explores the spirit of possibility and problem solving that happens when we bridge the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields with the humanities (poetry, literature, history, philosophy, religion, world languages and culture, etc.).

Smith, whose book of poetry Life on Mars won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2011, was in part inspired by her father’s work as an engineer for the Hubble Space Telescope and includes science fiction and cosmic themes. Smith will be joined by Indiana Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka. Matejka, who grew up in Indianapolis and now teaches at Indiana University, has also written about space themes in his critically acclaimed book of poetry Map to the Stars.

The INconversation will be held in the Clowes Auditorium at the Central Library. Doors open at 6 p.m. and a book signing will follow (a limited number of both Smith's and Matejka's books will be available for purchase).

This tour is in partnership with Brick Street Poetry and the Indianapolis Public Library.


About INconversation
INconversation engages an intimate group in interesting and insightful conversations with some of the nation's most intriguing thought-leaders. This highly participatory question-and-answer style discussion involves the thought leader, a moderator and the audience. INconversation is a signature program of Indiana Humanities.

About Tracy K. Smith

In 2017, Tracy K. Smith was appointed the 22nd United States Poet Laureate. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir “Ordinary Light” (Knopf, 2015) and four books of poetry including “Wade in the Water” (April 2018). 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. She is the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities, and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.

About Indiana Humanities
Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk. www.IndianaHumanities.org

About The Indianapolis Public Library

The Indianapolis Public Library enriches lives and builds communities through lifelong learning. Learn more at www.IndyPL.org.

About Brick Street Poetry Inc.

Brick Street Poetry Inc., a nonprofit organization, endeavors to build avenues of poetry by providing opportunities to connect and share experiences through poetry. BSPI believes exchanging the personal through poetry leads to a better understanding of the universal and a more vibrantly connected world.

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