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Speakers on campus, week of March 29

Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize winner and former Poet Laureate, to offer reading

On Thursday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m., Natasha Trethewey, a Pulitzer Prize Winner and former Poet Laureate of the United States, will be giving a reading at The College of Wooster in Severance Hall Room 009.

Trethewey completed her undergraduate work at the University of Georgia. She continued her education and received a Master of Arts from Hollins University, followed by a Master of Fine Arts from University of Massachusetts Amherst in the 1990s.

Trethewey is the author of five books: Domestic Work, Bellocq’s Ophelia, Native Guard, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Thrall. Beyond Katrina is a book of creative non-fiction, while the other four works are poetry collections. Trethewey won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Native Guard.

In 2012, Trethewey was named 19th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, a post established in 1937. “During his or her term, the Poet Laureate seeks to raise the national consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry,” states the Library of Congress’s website. Her term ended in May of 2014.

Trethewey currently serves as the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University. She was also appointed Poet Laureate of Mississippi in 2012.

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