American Conversations: Celebrating Poems in Rural Communities


Partnering Organizations

The Alaska Center for the Book was established in 1991 to stimulate public interest throughout Alaska, in literacy through the spoken and written word, central to our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

The Alaska Humanities Forum connects Alaskans through stories, ideas, and experiences that positively change lives and empower communities.


The Kuskokwim Consortium Library is a joint public and academic library that serves both the University of Alaska Fairbanks Kuskokwim Campus and the community of Bethel, Alaska.

The Alaska State Library provides research services for state employees, assists historical researchers and the public, manages Talking Book services for Alaskans with visual impairments, and collects Alaska-related books, photographs, manuscripts, newspapers, government documents, and periodicals.

Stay tuned for photos, audio recordings, interviews, poetry commentary, reflections and more after U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s visit to Alaska.

Public Events

  • Tuesday, August 28, 5:30 p.m. Bethel, AK
    Kuskokwim Consortium Library
  • Wednesday, August 29, 6 p.m. Juneau, AK
    Reception begins at 5 p.m.
    Alaska State Library (Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives, and Museum)