Natasha Trethewey

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Natasha Trethewey
Trethewey reading at the Library of Congress in 2013
Born (1966-04-26) April 26, 1966 (age 56)
Gulfport, Mississippi, U.S.
OccupationPoet, professor
Alma materUniversity of Georgia (AB)
Hollins University (MA)
University of Massachusetts Amherst (MFA)
Notable awardsPulitzer Prize for Poetry
Poet Laureate of Mississippi
United States Poet Laureate
2012, 2014
Lamont Poet at Phillips Exeter Academy
Heinz Award in Arts and Humanities
SpouseBrett Gadsden

Natasha Trethewey (born April 26, 1966) is an American poet and teacher. From 2012 to 2014 she was the poet laureate consultant in poetry for the Library of Congress.[1] In 2012 she was also the poet laureate of the state of Mississippi.[2]

She has written five books of poetry, a memoir, and a work of non-fiction. Her third poetry collection won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2007.[3]

She was born in Gulfport, Mississippi to an African American mother and a white Canadian father. This fact of coming from parents of different races plays an important part in her writing. After her parents' divorce, she learned that "when she was with her father she could pass for white and be treated more equally than when she was among her mother’s people."[4]

Books[change | change source]

  • Domestic Work (2000)
  • Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002)
  • Native Guard (2006)
  • Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2010)
  • Thrall (2012)
  • Monument (2018)
  • Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir (2020)

Awards[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Natasha Trethewey | Biography, Books, & Facts | Britannica". Retrieved 2023-01-06.
  2. "About Natasha Trethewey | Academy of American Poets". Retrieved 2023-01-06.
  3. "Natasha Trethewey: Department of English - Northwestern University". Retrieved 2023-01-06.
  4. "Natasha Trethewey". New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2023-01-06.