U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey Talks About Her New Job and Fourth Book

BY Margaret Myers  September 21, 2012 at 6:00 PM EDT

Natasha Trethewey is a familiar face to NewsHour viewers and Art Beat visitors. She first talked to us in 2006 as she returned to her hometown in Mississippi to witness the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Then we caught up with her in 2007 after her book “Native Guard” went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. In 2010, we talked to her about her book “Beyond Katrina.”

Recently, Trethewey took on the job of poet laureate of the United States, appointed by the Librarian of Congress, and published her fourth book, “Thrall.” She is also a professor of English at Emory University and serves as laureate for the state of Mississippi. She visited us in our studio last week.