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Two Poets Laureate on Making Poetry: 2018 National Book Festival

Robert Hass presents "A Little Book on Form: An Exploration into the Formal Imagination of Poetry" and Tracy K. Smith presents "Wade in the Water: Poems" at the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Speaker Biography: Robert Hass was born in San Francisco. His books of poetry include "The Apple Trees at Olema," a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner as well as "Time and Materials," "Sun Under Wood," "Human Wishes," "Praise" and "Field Guide," which was selected by Stanley Kunitz for the Yale Younger Poets Series. Hass also co-translated several volumes of poetry with Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz and authored or edited several other volumes of translation, including Nobel Laureate Tomas Tranströmer's "Selected Poems" and "The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson and Issa." His essay collection "Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry" received the National Book Critics Circle Award. Hass served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997 and as chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. His latest work is "A Little Book on Form: An Exploration into the Formal Imagination of Poetry" (Ecco). Hass lives in California with his wife, poet Brenda Hillman, and teaches at the University of California at Berkeley.

Speaker Biography: Tracy K. Smith was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States in 2017. She was reappointed for a second term on March 22, 2018. Smith is the author of four poetry collections, including "Wade in the Water: Poems" (Graywolf) and "Life on Mars," winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Her memoir is "Ordinary Light," which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Smith is working to bring poetry to rural communities across America. She teaches at Princeton University.

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