Natasha Trethewey spoke at Winter Words 2015. She read from her poetry collections and spoke about her experience as U.S. Poet Laureate, her interracial roots, and what drew her to poetry.

Natasha is the author of four collections of poetry: Domestic WorkBellocq’s OpheliaNative 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.

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