kristen tracy


I have added more news. This is very current stuff.
I write board books and picture books now! I'm working with amazing artists including Alison Farrell and Erin Kraan and Molly Brooks and David Small!! This is pretty thrilling because it means I'm no longer a lone wolf in the publishing world. I'm a collaborative wolf.

I wrote a villanelle about sending a girl to the moon that appeared in the New Yorker. You can hear me read it here.

When my poetry book Half-Hazard came out I appeared in conversation with Thomas Sadoski at Skylight Books, which was pretty thrilling because he asks smart questions and is a genuinely curious person. Want to listen?

I went on Windy City Live and talked to Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini about life and poetry.

Here I am in Grand Rapids on the Morning Mix with Leigh Ann Towne talking about middle-grade novels and Michigan.

HUGE NEWS: The Poetry Foundation selected my manuscript Half-Hazard as the winner of the Emily Dickinson First Book Award. It was published by Graywolf Press on November 6th, 2018. Learn more about Half-Hazard.

Here's a photo of me and Ruth Lily Poetry Prize Winner, Joy Harjo, and Margarita Engle, Young People's Poet Laureate, at the Pegasus Awards.

And here's the official press release from the Poetry Foundation: Poetry Foundation Announces Kristen Tracy Winner of 2017 Emily Dickinson First Book Award

I left California and moved to Rhode Island and moved back to California. My aged and travel-resistant cat hates me.

I learned how to swim. All four strokes. Iím a fully self-actualized human being now.

I went to Transylvania with my husband and toured castles and bear preserves and ate a bunch of meat.

My childhood news anchor, Karole Honas, interviewed me for my hometown television news. Bucket list moment.

I read for Writer's Block on KQED. There have a bunch of great people over there. You can access my reading through KQEDor iTunes or NPR, or you may download it.

Ted Kooser, former US Poet Laureate 2004-2006, selected my poem "Rain at the Zoo" to be reprinted in American Life in Poetry.

I can't think of any more news right now. I'm not sure what brought you here, but thanks for visiting. Seriously. I'm glad you came.


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