Natasha Trethewey
Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey is the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate and the author of four poetry collections, including “Native Guard,” which won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Trethewey is featured in the PBS NewsHour series, “Where Poetry Lives,” a reporting project that focuses on issues that matter to Americans through the framework of poetry.

Natasha's Most Recent Stories

  • April 11, 2014

    U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey reads her poem “Incident,” while in Jackson, Mississippi. This year, because of the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, Congressman John Lewis led the 14th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage not only to its annual destination in … Continue reading

  • March 13, 2014

    Visiting the King County Juvenile Detention Facility I couldn’t help thinking of the words of poet Robert Frost. In my own life I believe it was an early education in poetical metaphor that helped me to grapple with and make sense of all the difficult and traumatic things that were to come. That’s why it was heartening to see the kids in the facility writing poetry and making use of metaphor to grapple with the difficult knowledge brought on by their experience. Continue reading

  • October 23, 2013

    Natasha Tretheway and Jeffrey Brown visit with students at InsideOut, a Detroit-based literary arts project that exposes children to poetry. Photo by Mary Jo Brooks. Journeying to Detroit a few weeks ago I felt much as I did the first … Continue reading

  • September 12, 2013

    U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey kicks off the “Where Poetry Lives” tour with NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown in New York. Photos by Anne Davenport Editor’s Note: PBS NewsHour kicks off a special poetry series with U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. “Where … Continue reading