Pulitzer Prize Winner Tracy K. Smith to Visit KC


UMKC Writers for Readers Event Funds Student Teacher for Literacy KC

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and educator Tracy K. Smith will visit Kansas City on Thursday, Nov. 10. Smith will serve as the featured speaker for the University of Missouri-Kansas City Master of Fine Arts’ Creative Writing Program’s Second Annual Writers for Readers fundraiser in partnership with Literacy Kansas City.

Smith will discuss her National Book Award-nominated memoir Ordinary Light, a story of Smith’s “coming of age as she grapples with her identity as an artist, her family’s racial history, and her mother’s death from cancer.”

Writers for Readers will take place from 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 at the UMKC Student Union, 5100 Cherry St. Attendees will enjoy an evening celebrating the power of expression through creative writing and reading. The night will include a reception, seated dinner and program featuring Smith and fellow acclaimed author Whitney Terrell, a UMKC Assistant Professor of English.

“Thanks to the success of last year’s event, we already have a creative writing student teaching at Literacy KC,” said Terrell, whose most recent novel, The Good Lieutenant, is nominated for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

Tickets for the event are available online for $65. Proceeds from the event will go toward a UMKC creative writing student who will teach teens and adults at Literacy KC.

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