TITLE: Inaugural Reading of Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey
SPEAKER: Natasha Trethewey
EVENT DATE: 09/13/2012
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 51 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
On June 7, 2012, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Natasha Trethewey as the Library's Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2012-2013. Trethewey, the 19th Poet Laureate, opened the Library's annual literary season with a reading of her work.
Speaker Biography: Natasha Trethewey was born in Gulfport, Mississippi on April 26, 1966. She is the author of four poetry collections and a book of creative non-fiction. Her honors include the Pulitzer Prize and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2012, she was appointed the State Poet Laureate of Mississippi.