Tracy K. Smith

Transplants: Rolex mentor and protégé Tracy K. Smith & Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Article: Transplants: Rolex mentor and protégé Tracy K. Smith & Hans Magnus Enzensberger

In many ways, they couldn’t be more different, a young California transplant writing poetry in Brooklyn and a titan of German thought. She is a professor at Princeton and he has made a public point of eschewing institutional life. But the year Tracy K. Smith spent with her Rolex Arts Initiative mentor Hans Magnus Enzensberger has transformed her literary life. The award-winning poet (author of collections including Life On Mars & The Body’s Question) has, under Enzensberger’s watchful eye, turned to prose and is writing a memoir.