Festival Read


Mark your calendar for the re-scheduled visit by TRACY K. SMITH, Poet Laureate of the United States. Hurricane Florence altered Ms. Smith’s September travel plans during the On the Same Page Literary Festival.  We are delighted to announce her Keynote Address will be given at 7:30 pm on April 1st (no foolin’!) at the Ashe Civic Center. The event is free and seating will be general admission.

The evening will include storytelling, readings, and conversation with the nation’s foremost poet. Ms. Smith is the author of Wade in the Water and Ordinary Light: a Memoir, this year’s Festival Read selection.  Tracy will be available to sign books and to meet the public following her presentation.

This event is sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council and Ashe County Public Library with funding from a Program Support Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ashe County Community Foundation along with corporate support from Skyline Telephone Membership Corporation. For additional information, contact the Arts Council, 336-846-2787.


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 three books of poetry. 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. Her next collection of poems, Wade in the Water, is forthcoming in 2018.