MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Natasha Trethewey, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, will read from herwork at Auburn University at Montgomery on Oct. 9, 4:30-6 p.m., in Goodwyn Hall room 109. The event is free and open to the public.
Hailing from Gulfport, Miss., Trethewey teaches creative writing at Emory University as the PhillisWheatley Distinguished Chair of Poetry. She has published four collections of poetry, capturing the Pulitzer for her third, “Native Guard,” which confronts the racial legacy of her native Deep South. During her appearance at AuburnMontgomery, Trethewey will read from “Bellocq’s Ophelia,” a collection inspired by photographs taken of African-American prostitutes living in New Orleans in the early 1900s.
“Ms. Trethewey’s poetry is quite engaging, and she reads it splendidly,” said Nancy Anderson, associate professor of English at AUM. “Her works appeal to a wide variety of audiences.”
Additional collections by Trethewey include “Domestic Work,” “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast” and the forthcoming “Thrall,” to be released in 2012. She has been honored with a Guggenheim fellowship, the Pushcart Prize, CaveCanem Poetry Prize, Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize, Grolier Poetry Prize and the Lillian Smith Award for Poetry.
Trethewey holds a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia, an M.A. in English and creative writing from Hollins University and an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Massachusetts.