United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey culminates University’s spring forum series
Thursday, April 10, 2014
release – 4/10/14
Director of Communications
Rita Elliott, 815-226-3374
Rockford, Ill. — United
States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, will be speaking at Rockford University
on Tuesday, May 6, as part of the University’s spring forum series. She has
been the nineteenth Poet Laureate of the United States and the Poet Laureate of
Mississippi since 2012.
Trethewey is the author of
four poetry collections: Domestic Work (2000);
Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002); Native Guard (2006); and Thrall (2012). In 2007 she was awarded
the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Native
Guard. She is also the author of Beyond
Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, a collection of
poetry, letters and essays. Currently, she is
the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University,
where she also acts as director of the creative writing department.
The lecture will be held
Tuesday, May 6, 7 p.m., in Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center, 5050 E. State
St., Rockford. This event is open and free to the public, however, tickets are
required. Please contact the Rockford University Box Office at 815-226-4100 or
firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve
your tickets or for more information. Clark Arts Center is accessible.
More about United States Poet Laureate
According to the Library of Congress website, on June 10, 2013, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Natasha Trethewey to second term as the Library's Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2013-2014. The Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress serves as the nation's official lightning rod for the poetic impulse of Americans. During his or her term, the Poet Laureate seeks to raise the national consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry. Learn more about Natasha Trethewey and the position here: About the Position of Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.