Natasha Trethewey

About Natasha

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.

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Poetry Apr 11

Poet’s Notebook: Pilgrimage, Revisited

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…

Poetry Mar 13

Poet’s Notebook: Difficult Knowledge

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…

Poetry Oct 23

Poet’s Notebook: InsideOut in Detroit

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…

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