September 14, 2006On Thursday, September 14, Natasha Trethewey presented a poetry reading from her most recent collection, Native Guard.
Born in Gulfport, Mississippi, Trethewey's first poetry collection, Domestic Work, won the inaugural 1999 Cave Canem poetry prize, a 2001 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize, and the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Poetry. Her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry 2003 and 2000, and in journals such as New England Review and The Southern Review among others. She has 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.
Trethewey is Associate Professor of English, Creative Writing Program, at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She has taught at Auburn University, the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill, and Duke University where she was the 2005-2006 Lehman Brady Joint Chair Professorof Documentary and American Studies.