Tracy K. Smith, the U.S. Poet Laureate, will tour four Indiana communities for a series of free readings and conversations this fall. The events will serve as the culminating events for the two-year Quantum Leap initiative.
Indiana Humanities, in partnership with Brick Street Poetry and the Indianapolis Public Library, are excited to welcome U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith to Indiana for a poetry tour from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29. The events will be held in Greencastle, Hanover, Indianapolis and Shelbyville and will be free and open to the public. However, advance tickets are required and 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.
At each location, Smith will be paired with a local moderator for a special INconversation and take questions from the audience. In Indianapolis, Smith will be joined by Indiana Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka on Nov. 29. 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. Smith will visit Hanover on Nov. 27 and Greencastle and Shelbyville on Nov. 28; moderators for those locations will be announced soon.