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Natasha Trethewey      

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet & Former U.S. Poet Laureate

She earned an MA in poetry from Hollins University and an MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts.

Her first collection of poetry, Domestic Work, was selected by Rita Dove as the winner of the inaugural Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African American poet and won both the 2001 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize and the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Poetry.

Since then, she has published three more collections of poetry: Thrall; Native Guard, which received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; and Bellocq’s Ophelia.

Trethewey is the recipient of the 2016 Academy of American Poets Fellowship. Her other honors include the Bunting Fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

In 2012, Trethewey was named as both the state poet laureate of Mississippi and the 19th U.S. poet laureate by the Library of Congress. In 2013, she was appointed for a second term, during which she traveled to cities and towns across the country meeting with the general public to seek out the many ways poetry lives in American communities and reported on her discoveries in a regular feature on the PBS News Hour Poetry Series. She was succeeded in 2014 by Charles Wright.

Trethewey is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

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An Evening with Natasha Trethewey


Natasha Trethewey, former poet laureate leaving Emory University

U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey smiles during a city wide celebration in Decatur on Thursday, June 7, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / [email protected]

Poem of the Day: 'Articulation' by Natasha Trethewey - The Atlantic

Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Natasha Trethewey began her two-year tenure as United States Poet Laureate in 2012, becoming the first African American, and the ...

Emory Commencement 2017: Natasha Trethewey keynote speech ...

Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer-Prize winner and former United States poet laureate , quoted Atlanta rapper and actor T.I. in her commencement speech at Emory.

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