Natasha Trethewey – A New Poet Laureate

Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey, 46, is an American poet with Pulitzer Prize in Poetry (2007) for Native Guard. Trethewey got the award of Poet Laureate of Mississippi and presently has reached the heights of delight through her becoming the  United States Poet Laureate.

Her poetic work includes Domestic Work (2000), Bellocq’s Ophelia(2002) and Native Guard (2006) and Beyond Katrina (2010).

Natasha Trethewey got awards including Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1999), First Annual Cave Canem Foundation Poetry Prize for Domestic Work (1999), Bunting Fellowship for the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University (2000),  Lillian Smith Book Award (2001 and 2007), Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prizes (2001, 2003 and 2007), Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2003), Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation for residency at the Bellagio Study Center (2004), Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (2007), Poet Laureate of Mississippi(2012) and finally  United States Poet Laureate(2012).

Natasha Trethewey started writing poems due to a private tragedy when she was a college going student, her mother got killed by her stepfather.

‘I started writing poems as a response to that great loss, much the way that people responded, for example, after 9/11,’ Natasha Trethewey told the Associated Press.

At another monument Natasha Trethewey added: ‘People who never had written poems or turned much to poetry turned to it at that moment because it seems like the only thing that can speak the unspeakable.’

Her next collection ‘Thrall’ is going to be published this year.


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