Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Natasha Trethewey to Read at UNC Asheville
from UNCA press release
Natasha Trethewey, one of America’s most acclaimed poets and a compelling speaker, reads and talks in UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall, 7 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 23, . This event is free and open to the public.
Trethewey won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Native Guard (2006, Houghton Mifflin). The title poem of this collection recalls one of the first black Confederate regiments mustered during the Civil War. The regiment was organized in New Orleans, but later stationed on an island near Trethewey’s hometown of Gulfport, Miss. The book, Trethewey’s third volume of poems, also examining Mississippi society and Tretheway’s biracial heritage.
In her UNC Asheville appearance, Trethewey will likely present poems from her newest collection, Thrall, to be released this fall, which is concerned with colonialism in the Americas. “My obsessions stay the same – historical memory and historical erasure,” said Tretheway.
Trethewey is Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University. Her appearance is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities Professorship at UNC Asheville. For more information, contact the UNC Asheville Department of Humanities at 828/251-6808.