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April 17, 2012

And the Pulitzer Prize goes to...

Smith

Yesterday was a very good day for Brooklyn-based poet Tracy K. Smith. It was her birthday and, around 3pm, she got the news her third collection of poetry, "Life on Mars," won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

The prize committee lauded "Life on Mars," calling the volume "a collection of bold, skillful poems, taking readers into the universe and moving them to an authentic mix of joy and pain." Congrats to Tracy and our friends at Graywolf Press!

You can watch Smith, an assistant professor of creative writing at Princeton University, read from her collections online, thanks to PBS's Newshour.

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