Pulitzer Prize Winner to Share Works at The College of Wooster

Natasha Trethewey will present free, public reading on Thursday, April 2

17 March, 2015 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio, —Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize Winner Natasha Trethewey will present a reading of her works at The College of Wooster on Thursday, April 2. The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Room 009 of Severance Hall (943 College Mall).

The author of Bellocq's Ophelia, which was chosen as a "Notable Book" by the American Library Association in 2003, and Native Guard, which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2007, Trethewey plans to release Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast later this year. Her first collection of poetry, Domestic Work, was selected by Rita Dove as the winner of the inaugural Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African American poet in 2000. It also won both the 2001 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize and the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Poetry.

Trethewey is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. Her poems have appeared in such journals and anthologies as American Poetry Review, Callaloo, Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, New England Review, Gettysburg Review, and several volumes of Best American Poetry. She is currently the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University. Her signature project is a feature on the PBS NewsHour Poetry Series known as Where Poetry Lives. The series chronicles her travels with Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown to various cities across the United States in order to explore interconnections between societal issues, poetry, fiction, and her personal experiences.

Trethewey's reading at Wooster is sponsored by the English Department's Donaldson Fund. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2575) or e-mail.