Pulitzer-Winning Poets Come to MB

Save the date: Next year, Moses Brown will host current U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith on April 27, 2018.

In April, MB welcomed Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa (left) as its 2017 visiting poet, part of MB’s Annual Poetry Series. Komunyakaa won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for his collection Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems. His poetic vision encompasses the South and its culture, black resilience, the Vietnam War, urban experience, and blues and jazz. His collection Thieves of Paradise was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Komunyakaa’s reading was the capstone event for MB’s annual Book Festival. For the past 22 years, MB has welcomed a variety of visiting poets to its annual event including Poets Laureate Billy Collins and Philip Levine, as well as Michael Harper, Sharon Olds, Coleman Barks, Naomi Shihab Nye, Taha Muhammad Ali, Forrest Gander, C.D. Wright, and Brian Turner.