Inprint Live Stream Series: Tracy K. Smith

Poet Tracy K. Smith reads from her memoir “Ordinary Light.”

Houston Public Media is proud to present this video of poet Tracy K. Smith's reading of her memoir, Ordinary Light, as part of the Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. We live streamed Smith’s reading here on February 29th. Stay tuned to this website for more live Inprint readings.


About the Novel

Tracy K. Smith's Ordinary Light coverTRACY K. SMITH’s memoir Ordinary Light, “one of the most anticipated books of 2015” (Time Out New York), and a National Book Award finalist, is, according to Booklist, “a gracefully nuanced yet strikingly candid memoir about family, faith, race, and literature.” The Minneapolis Star Tribune writes, “Ordinary Light shines bright because of the warm glow the memoir casts on the simple everyday life of a young girl yearning to do great things…. Her spare yet beautiful prose transforms her story into a shining example of how one person’s shared memories can brighten everyone’s world.”

Smith won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for her poetry collection Life on Mars, also named a New York Times Notable Book. The New York Times Book Review says that in it, Smith “shows herself to be a poet of extraordinary range and ambition.” Her poetry collection Duende won the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Essence Literary Award, and her debut poetry collection The Body’s Question was awarded the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith has also received the Rona Jaffe Writers Award and the Whiting Award.