Poet laureate Tracy K. Smith launching podcast-radio show

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2018, file photo, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith stands in a rotunda of the Santa Fe Indian School in Santa Fe, N.M. Smith, is launching a weekly podcast and radio program called “The Slowdown.” Smith said in a statement Tuesday, Oct. 2, that she wanted to inspire listeners to “make a daily space for poetry” in a world dominated by breaking news events. (AP Photo/Mary Hudetz, File)

NEW YORK — The country's poet laureate, Tracy K. Smith, is launching a weekly podcast and radio program called "The Slowdown."

Smith said in a statement Tuesday that she wanted to inspire listeners to "make a daily space for poetry" in a world dominated by breaking news events.

"The Slowdown" will begin on podcast platforms on November 26 and will be offered to public radio stations in January 2019. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, will read works by other writers and will explore the role of poetry in the contemporary world. Her other projects include "American Conversations: Celebrating Poems in Rural Communities," for which she has traveled around the country.

"The Slowdown" is being funded by the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation. It's also receiving support from the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center.

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