Who Is Raphael Allison? Husband Of Tracy K. Smith

by Mela Tue Nov 07 2023 Updated On Fri Nov 24 2023

Raphael Allison is the spouse of Tracy K. Smith, an American poet and educator. He is an author.

Raphael Allison's wife, Tracy K. Smith.
Raphael Allison's wife, Tracy K. Smith. Source: Instagram

Marriage And Children

Raphael married Tracy several years back.

He has three children with his partner: one daughter, Noami, who recently turned 13, and two sons, who are twins and ten years old

The family lives happily in Princeton, New Jersey, and enjoys spending time together, especially on Sundays

Tracy values family time and considers Sundays a special day for her family. 

Raphael Allison with his wife, Tracy K. Smith.
Raphael Allison with his wife, Tracy K. Smith. Source: The New York Times

Tracy Explores Her Family’s History In Her New Book

In Tracy's book To Free the Captives, she explores her family’s history and the issue of racism in America

She values the power of imagination and discusses her father’s experience in Alabama

She challenges the idea of inherited freedom and discusses the potential for people to work together. 

Tracy talked about the difference between feeling free and being free. 

She believes in the collective imagination, where people come together to create a better future. 

She also connects history with a spiritual conviction and believes that our ancestors are still working on the liberation project. 

Smith shared a personal story about visiting a community in Kentucky where she realized that some old stories and songs had framed her and her ancestors negatively. 

However, she hopes that, like the woman she met, people can understand that these inherited beliefs may not be helpful anymore and work to change them.


Raphael might be in his early 50s. His age is not public.

Net Worth

Raphael’s wife Tracy's net worth is about $5 million.

Tracy Received A Pulitzer Prize In 2012 

Tracy is a famous poet and writer. 

She received a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for her poetry book Life on Mars, which explores themes of science fiction, politics, and life on Earth. 

Her first poetry book, The Body’s Question, won an award and explores identity, love, and belonging. 

In her second book, Duende, Tracy dug into the struggles and passion of artists, connecting them with social and political issues. 

She also wrote a memoir called Ordinary Light, which reflects on her experiences with race, religion, and the loss of her mother. 

Her fourth book of poems, Wade in the Water, was awarded for examining America’s history and its struggle with racism.  

She served as the U.S. Poet Laureate and traveled to promote poetry.

Tracy has written the words for several operas and teaches at Harvard University

Her latest poem is Such Colour: New and Selected Poems and her next book is To Free the Captives: A Plea for the American Soul, which is set to be published in 2023

Tracy's Mother Was Diagnosed With Cancer 

Tracy was born in Massachusetts, and she was raised in California.  She attended Harvard and Columbia for her education. 

She was part of the Dark Room Collective, a group of writers of color that influenced her. 

Her mother was diagnosed with cancer when she was in college, and this affected her so much. 

She found comfort in poetry and believed in language's power to express her emotions and thoughts. 

She has a solid connection to the black church and was inspired to write about it. 

Her journey in poetry began in her childhood with Emily Dickinson’s poem. 

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