Natasha Trethewey was born in Gulfport, Miss. Her 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 second collection, “Bellocq’s Ophelia,” received the 2003 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize, was a finalist for both the Academy of American Poets’ James Laughlin and Lenore Marshall prizes, and was named a 2003 Notable Book by the American Library Association.
Trethewey won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2007 for her book, “Native Guard,” written about her mother and black Civil War soldiers on the Mississippi coast.
Her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry 2003 and 2000, and in journals such as Agni, American Poetry Review, Callaloo, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, 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.
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