Spring Semester Write Like Us Opens with Tracy K. Smith – Twin Cities

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Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize winner and two-time Poet Laureate of the United States, opens the Spring Semester of Minnesota State’s Write Like Us Reading/Teaching Program in person at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 at East Campus Lincoln Mall of Century College, 3300 Century Ave. N., White Bear Lake.

Write Like Us is a creative writing program at the Twin Cities Metro Area community colleges Anoka-Ramsey, Century, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Normandale, and North Hennepin. The program focuses on and celebrates the writing of Black, Indigenous, and Students of Color (BIPOC).

Besides Smith, spring programs will feature Tommy Orange, Hanif Abdurraqib, Bret Bennett and Kiese Laymon in the coming months. They will read and be interviewed by local writers and visit creative writing classrooms at each of the five participating colleges.

Smith is the author of “The Body’s Question”, winner of the Cave Canem Award for best first book by an African-American poet. She received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for her third book of poems, “Life on Mars”. Her memoir “Ordinary Light” was a National Book Award finalist. Her fourth collection of poetry, “Wade in the Water,” won the Anisfeld-Wolf Prize for its examination of the contradictions in American history. Her most recent book is “Such Color: New and Selected Poems”. (All of these poetry books were published by Minneapolis-based Graywolf Press.)

Rosetta Peters (courtesy photo)

Smith will be interviewed on the Tuesday show by Rosetta Peters, poet, author, speaker and activist. She is of Yankton, Crow Creek and Oglala descent and her poetry has been published in Yellow Medicine Review. She received the Minnesota State Arts Board’s Arts Initiative Grant to professionally record and release an album of her spoken word/performance poetry and to support the completion of her memoir, “The Spider and the Rose”.

Write Like Us programs are free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Information: www.minnstate.edu/WriteLikeUs.

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