Natasha Trethewey is the author of four collections of poetry: Domestic Work, Bellocq’s Ophelia, Native Guard—for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize—and, most recently, Thrall. She has published one work of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The US Poet Laureate from 2012-2014, Trethewey 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 the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing. Trethewey currently serves as the State Poet Laureate of Mississippi.
“Trethewey’s writing mines the cavernous isolation, brutality, and resilience of African American history, tracing its subterranean echoes to today.” — The New Yorker
“Her poems dig beneath the surface of history –personal or communal, from childhood or from a century ago – to explore the human struggles that we all face.” —Librarian of Congress James Billington