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To Free the Captives: A Plea for the American Soul

Tracy K. Smith
In conversation with Morgan Parker
November 9, 2023

ALOUD welcomes two-time Poet Laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prizewinner Tracy K. Smith with her remarkable book To Free the Captives: A Plea for the American Soul. In 2020, heartsick from consistent assaults on Black life, Tracy K. Smith found herself soul-searching and digging into the historical archive for help navigating the “din of human division and strife.” Bearing witness to the terms of freedom afforded her as a Black woman, a mother, and an educator in the twenty-first century, Smith etches a portrait of where we find ourselves four hundred years into the American experiment. 

Smith was in conversation with poet, essayist, and novelist Morgan Parker.

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