Friday, 25 January 2019 15:38

Videos of National Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s “American Conversations” event at the Jean Lafitte Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux, including interviews with her and attendees and Tracy’s reading, as well as the complete program, are now available on our You Tube channel.

TV segment with reading and interviews -

Full Tracy K. Smith program -

The Library of Congress Center for the Book page featuring the Louisiana trip, the final leg of Tracy’s fall tour, with photos, interviews, and related links - including a post by Guy Lamolinara on LOC’s Poetry and Literature Center’s blog - may be found at

Thanks to Director Laura Sanders and staff of Lafourche Parish Public Library and to the National Park Service for making it possible to meet Tracy’s request to go “down on the bayou” for the public programs.  We also thank Bette Billiot and the United Houma Nation for Tracy’s private meeting with them.  Thanks also to the Library of Congress’s Anya Creightney and Guy Lamolinara who accompanied Tracy on her Louisiana journey and brought with them the free copies of American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time given to attendees and donated to each Louisiana parish library system. And, of course, thanks to Tracy K. Smith for selecting Louisiana as a destination.