She is the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden appointed her to the position in June of last year. The Library of Congress has a wonderful web guide all about her.
In 2012, Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for the out of this world Life on Mars.
Finally, if you’re nosy reader like I am you’ll get a lot of joy out of Tracy K. Smith: By the Book.
Enjoy this American treasure!