Natasha Trethewey

Natasha TretheweyNatasha Trethewey is one of the foremost voices in contemporary poetry and the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing and director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory. She is the author of four collections of poetry: Domestic Work (Graywolf Press, 2000), Bellocq’s Ophelia (Graywolf, 2002), and Native Guard (Houghton Mifflin, 2006), for which she was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, and Thrall (Houghton Mifflin, 2012). She is also the author of a book of creative non-fiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (Georgia, 2010). Her first poetry collection, Domestic Work, won the inaugural 1999 Cave Canem poetry prize (selected by Rita Dove) and a 2001 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize. Both Domestic Work and Native Guard won the Lillian Smith Award for Poetry. She served two terms as Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014) and was Poet Laureate of Mississippi from 2012-2016. Trethewey has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2008, she was named the Georgia Woman of the Year, placing her in the ranks with other winners such as former First Lady Rosalyn Carter, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, and former Georgia Supreme Court Justice Leah Ward Sears. She is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. In 2016, Trethewey was awarded the Academy of American Poets Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement.