Hall-Kenyon Prize with U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K Smith

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018, 7pm - 8:30pm at the Currier Museum of Art; Cost: $10 general admission, $5 students.

Gibson's Bookstore is pleased to be the regular bookseller for the annual Hall-Kenyon Prize, this year awarded to the current United States Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith.

The award honors the late Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon—married poets who lived and wrote at Hall’s ancestral home in Wilmot, N.H. Hall is a former poet laureate of the United States and a recipient of the 2010 National Medal of the Arts, and Kenyon is a former poet laureate of New Hampshire. After a long and lauded career, Donald Hall passed away this past June.

Smith will accept the award Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, N.H. The evening will include a reading from Smith as well as a remembrance of Donald Hall, and books will be made available on-site for purchase (from Gibson's Bookstore) for signing by the poet.  

Born in Falmouth, Mass., and raised in Fairfield, Calif., Smith used poetry as a means of reflection on the trials of early adulthood, being a young black woman in the suburbs, and the tragedy of loss. Smith won a Pulitzer Prize for her 2011 collection Life on Mars. She currently serves as the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University. Her memoir, Ordinary Light, was a National Book Award finalist in 2015, and Wade in the Water won a Forward Prize for Best Collection 2018.

As a second-term poet laureate, initially appointed in 2017 and reappointed in March of this year, Smith has dedicated much of her efforts to sharing poetry in more rural communities throughout the country—areas where the literary art is less widely promoted and discussed.

Event date: 
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
150 Ash Street
Manchester, NH
Life on Mars: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555975845
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 10th, 2011

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize

* Poet Laureate of the United States *
* A New York Times Notable Book of 2011 and New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice *
* A New Yorker, Library Journal and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year *

Wade in the Water: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555978136
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 3rd, 2018

Shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize
Finalist for the Forward Prize for Best Collection

The extraordinary new poetry collection by Tracy K. Smith, the Poet Laureate of the United States

Even the men in black armor, the ones
Jangling handcuffs and keys, what else