Tracy K. Smith is the author of three books of poetry. Her most recent collection, Life on Mars (Graywolf 2011), was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2012. Duende (Graywolf 2007) won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and an Essence Literary Award. The Body’s Question (Graywolf 2003) was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith is the recipient of a 2004 Rona Jaffe Writers Award, a 2005 Whiting Award and was the Literature protégé in the 2009-2011 cycle of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Her memoir, Ordinary Light, is forthcoming from Knopf. She is professor of Creative Writing at Princeton University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.