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U.S. Poet Laureate coming to county March 6 and 7

The Reuben Brown House Preservation Society, in collaboration with Southeastern Community College, will host an evening with Tracy K. Smith, U.S. Poet Laureate and 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner in poetry for “Life On Mars.”

The event will be held Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at SCC, with a reception and book signing to follow. The public is invited and admission is free.

The event is being held in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the RBHPS poetry contest. An annual awards ceremony is held after the judging to recognize the students by publishing their poems and photos in The News Reporter.

Smith will work with all seventh graders in the county March 7 in Bowers Auditorium. She will also teach a small master class for 20 to 25 high school students who have shown an interest and have talent in poetry and will also have a master class at the Columbus County Arts Council building.

Libraries at middle and high schools, Southeastern Community College and the DREAM Center will get copies of the poet laureate’s latest book, “Life on Mars.”

For more information, visit or call 910-770-1078.

Tracy K. Smith, U.S. Poet Laureate

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