The University of Texas at San Antonio¹s Creative Writing
Program in the Department of English welcomes the nation¹s newly appointed
Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey, as featured speaker in its Fall 2012
Creative Writing Reading Series on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the
University Center Denman Room (UC 2.01.28) on the UTSA Main Campus. The
event is free and open to the public.
Trethewey was selected as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States in
June of this year while serving as the Poet Laureate for the state of
Mississippi. Tretheway will read from her published works, including her
most recently poetry collection, Thrall (Houghton Mifflin, 2012).
Tretheway¹s third collection of poems, Native Guard (Houghton Mifflin,
2006), was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. Her second collection ³Bellocq¹s
Ophelia² (Graywolf, 2002) received the 2003 Mississippi Institute of Arts
and Letters Book Prize in 2003 and was a finalist for both the Academy of
American Poets¹ James Laughlin and Lenore Marshall prizes and the Notable
Book by the American Library Association in 2003.Her first poetry collection
³Domestic Work² (Graywolf Press, 2000) won the inaugural 1995 Cave Canem
poetry prize, the Missisippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize and
Lillian Smith Award for Poetry, both in 2001.
In 2011, Tretheway was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame and in
2009, she was honored by the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Trethewey was
named the Georgia Woman of the Year in 2008 and received the Mississippi
Governor¹s Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2008, Trethewey was named
the Georgia Woman of the Year and received the Mississippi Governor¹s Award
for Excellence in the Arts.
Additionally, Trethewey has received fellowships from the Guggenheim
Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Bunting Fellowship Program of the
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the
National Endowment for the Arts.
Trethewey¹s poems focus on examining memory and racial legacy of America and
have appeared in several volumes of Best American Poetry and in the journals
³Agni² , ³American Poetry Review², ³Callaloo², ³Gettysburg Review², ³Kenyon
Review², ³New England Review² and ³The Southern Review.²
In the 2005-2006 academic year, Trethewey was the Lehman Brady Joint Chair
Professor of Documentary and American Studies at Duke University and the
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She also was the James Weldon
Fellow in African American Studies at the Beinecke Library at Yale
University in 2009.
Currently, Trethewey lives in Atlanta and is the Robert W. Woodruff
Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University.
For more information visit the UTSA Creative Writing Program
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