Books in the Barn: Tracy K. Smith

The Anderson Center is honored to welcome poet Tracy K. Smith to the Tower View Barn on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. for a public reading as part of the Books in the Barn series. This event is open to the public and is a pay-what-you-can admission. Admission is free to Anderson Center members and youth under 18.

In 2017, Tracy K. Smith was appointed the 22nd United States Poet Laureate. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light (Knopf, 2015) and four books of poetry, including her most recent Wade in the Water (Graywolf, 2018). Her collection Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. Duende won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body’s Question was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005. In 2014 the Academy of American Poets awarded Smith with the Academy Fellowship, awarded to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement. She is the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities, and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.

Books in the Barn is a three-part reading series that offers a wide-ranging look at the work of contemporary writers.
Each writer is also presenting an outreach event in the Red Wing community, providing further opportunity to share their work with a broader audience.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Thanks to this funding, the Anderson Center is able to offer tickets on a pay-what-you-can basis. All ticket sales will go to support our work offering artistic programming in the Red Wing community.

ASL interpretation is available upon request. To request interpretation, please contact Stephanie at or 651-388-2009 at least two weeks prior to the event.

Please note: this event is rescheduled from October 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic



Oct 01 2021


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Free for Members & Youth under 18 // Pay-What-You-Can for Public
Tower View Barn


Tower View Barn
163 Tower View Drive, Red Wing, MN