US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith brings poetry to the airwaves | KALW

US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith brings poetry to the airwaves

Mar 19, 2019

United States Poet Laureate and Fairfield local Tracy K. Smith has a new literary project, and this time it's on the airwaves. It’s called "The Slowdown". Every weekday, Smith reads a poem and reflects on the author’s words. 

"When you listen to a song on the radio you don't stop and say, what's the message of this song? You allow yourself to feel something. I think you can approach a poem in the same way."

"The Slowdown" is Smith’s way of bringing poetry to more people, and for us to pause during our hectic lives. KALW’s Jenee Darden met up with the Pulitzer-Prize winning author at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. 

Listen to "The Slowdown" on KALW 91.7 FM weekdays at 6 p.m.