A Brooklyn woman won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her book of futuristic short poems. Tracy K. Smith’s book, “Life on Mars,” received the honor from the Pulitzer Prize committee, who called her work “a collection of bold, skillful poems, taking readers into the universe and moving them to an authentic mix of joy and pain.”

Smith, an assistant professor of creative writing at Princeton University, said the book was a tribute to her late father, who died in 2008. Smith’s father worked on the Hubble Space Telescope. “Life on Mars” is Smith’s” third book.