Posted by: ccclib | September 17, 2012

Trethewy Takes Up Mantle of Poet Laureate

The newest Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress was appointed in June and assumes her post this month.  The position was originally called the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, when it was introduced in 1937, but the term “Poet Laureate” grew in popularity until the title was officially changed in 1985.

Natasha Trethewy is a Mississippi native who teaches at Emory University in Georgia.

At 46, she is one of the youngest writers to hold the post, as well as the first Southerner since Robert Penn Warren (1986) and the first African American since Rita Dove (1993). —Slate

Trethewy recently kicked-off the 2012-13 literary season at the oldest of the Library of Congress’ three DC locations.   The audience was diverse and responsive.  Trethewey’s work is steeped in memory and family history.  Her 2010 book, Beyond Katrina : a meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, is part of the ARC reading collection at Brewer library.

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