by Web on June 24, 2016
Natasha Trethewey will be returning to Millsaps on Monday, July 18 for a lecture and reading as part of the McMullan Young Writers Workshop. She will be speaking in the Recital Hall of the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex at 6:00 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public, with a book signing in partnership with Lemuria Books to follow.
Trethewey served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014). She is the author of four collections of poetry, Thrall (2012), Native Guard (2006), for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002); and Domestic Work (2000) which 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.
Her book of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, appeared in 2010. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. At Emory University she is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing. In 2012 she was named Poet Laureate of the State of Mississippi and and in 2013 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Trethewey was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters during the 2015 commencement exercises at Millsaps.