Tracy K. Smith Named 22nd U.S. Poet Laureate

Smith earned a Pulitzer Prize for her 2011 outer space-inspired poetry collection, "Life on Mars."

The Library of Congress announced Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and educator Tracy K. Smith's appointment as the U.S. poet laureate today (June 14).

"Her work travels the world and takes on its voices; brings history and memory to life; calls on the power of literature as well as science, religion and pop culture," Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden says in a statement. "With directness and deftness, she contends with the heavens or plumbs our inner depths—all to better understand what makes us most human.