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 Recent Stories
Poetry Apr 11Poet’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 13Poet’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 23Poet’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…
Poetry Sep 12Poet’s Notebook: Beginning the Journey by Remembering the Past
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.