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Natasha Trethewey: Online Resources

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Natasha Trethewey, U.S. Poet Laureate
Natasha Trethewey
U.S. Poet Laureate, 2012-2014
Photograph © Nancy Crampton

On June 7, 2012, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Natasha Trethewey as the 19th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. In a statement announcing the appointment, Dr. Billington said:

Natasha Trethewey is an outstanding poet/historian in the mold of Robert Penn Warren, our first Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Her poems dig beneath the surface of history—personal or communal, from childhood or from a century ago—to explore the human struggles that we all face.

Ms. Trethewey’s first term as Poet Laureate was noteworthy for her "Office Hours," during which she met with the general public in the Library’s Poetry Room—harkening back to a tradition established by her predecessors in the post from 1937 to 1986. For her second term project, Where Poetry Lives, she joined PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown for a series of on-location reports in various cities across the United States. Each episode explored a large societal issue through a focused lens offered by poetry and Ms. Trethewey's own coming-to-the-art. Her second term concluded with a reading in the Library Coolidge Auditorium on May 14, 2014.

This guide compiles links to resources on Natasha Trethewey throughout the Library of Congress Web site, as well as links to external Web sites that include features on her life or selections of her work. To suggest additions to this guide, please contact the Digital Reference Section.

Resources

Library of Congress Web Site
   •Selected Press Releases, Articles, Blog Posts, Poems
   •Audio and Video
   •Print Resources
External Web Sites
   •Biographical Information, Poetry
   •Interviews, Articles, and Conversations
   •Audio Recordings
   •Videos
   •Book Reviews
   •Natasha Trethewey in the News

Library of Congress Web Site

Selected Press Releases, Articles, Blog Posts, Poems

Biography

Poetry and Literature Center Biography of Natasha Trethewey

Press Releases

Official press release announcing Natasha Trethewey's appointment as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry
June 7, 2012

"Natasha Trethewey to Give Inaugural Reading As U.S. Poet Laureate, Sept. 13"
August 15, 2012

"Trethewey to Read Civil War Poems"
January 23, 2013

"Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey Hosts Reading To Celebrate Southern Writers, March 27"
March 12, 2013

"Poet Laureate to Lecture May 1 on 'Necessary Utterance: Poetry as Cultural Force'”
April 11, 2013

"Library of Congress Appoints Natasha Trethewey To Second Term as U.S. Poet Laureate"
June 10, 2013

"Poet Laureate Selects 2014 Witter Bynner Fellows, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers and Jake Adam York"
March 4, 2014

"Natasha Trethewey Presents Final Lecture as U.S. Poet Laureate, May 14"
April 17, 2014

Blog Posts

"A Tale of Two Laureates"
From the Catbird Seat blog, December 11, 2012

"A Southern Stanza"
Library of Congress Blog, June 7, 2012

"Welcoming Natasha"
From the Catbird Seat blog, June 8, 2012

"Moving In and Moving Forward"
From the Catbird Seat blog, Feburary 6, 2013

"Visitors Welcome"
From the Catbird Seat blog, February 20, 2013

"Always a Laureate"
From the Catbird Seat blog, July 3, 2013

"On the First NewsHour Segment with the Poet Laureate"
From the Catbird Seat blog, September 12, 2013

"Tune In Tonight!"
From the Catbird Seat blog, January 9, 2014

"Finding 'Where Poetry Lives'"
From the Catbird Seat blog, March 17, 2014

"Laureate Projects Present and Past"
From the Catbird Seat blog, April 11, 2014

"Displaying the Future, Celebrating Our Laureate"
From the Catbird Seat blog, May 8, 2014

"Tonight's the Night!"
From the Catbird Seat blog, May 14, 2014

Other

Mississippi State Poet Laureate Web Page
Natasha Trethewey is the current Poet Laureate of Mississippi

"Domestic Work, 1937"
Poem by Natasha Trethewey from the Library's Poetry 180 Project

Audio and Video

"Necessary Utterance: Poetry as Cultural Force" (final program of 1st term)
May 1, 2013

Poet Laureate Civil War Reading
January 30, 2013

Interview with Natasha Trethewey
Poets and the Poem Series. September 14, 2012

Inaugural Reading of Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey
September 13, 2012

2010 National Book Festival Gala (segment featuring Trethewey begins at 37:26)

2004 National Book Festival Reading

Print Resources

Works by Natasha Trethewey in the Library of Congress online catalog can be found under the following author heading:

Trethewey, Natasha D., 1966-

Works about Natasha Trethewey in the Library of Congress online catalog can be found under the following subject heading:

Trethewey, Natasha D., 1966---Homes and haunts--Mississippi--Gulf Coast.

External Web Sites

Biographical Information, Poetry

Academy of American Poets External Link
Biography of Natasha Trethewey and several poems.

Blue Flower Arts External Link
Biography of Natasha Trethewey.

Emory University Faculty Page External Link
Biography of Natasha Trethewey, along with links to several radio interviews and videos of Trethewey reading her poetry.

The New Georgia Encyclopedia External Link
Biography of Natasha Trethewey.

Online NewsHour: Poetry Series External Link
Brief biography of Natasha Trethewey, full-text of three poems, and several videos featuring Trethewey reading her poetry and discussing her work.

Poetry Foundation External Link
Biography of Natasha Trethewey, along with several poems, audio recordings, and a review of Native Guard.

storySouth External Link
A reprinting of "Storyville Diary," from Bellocq's Ophelia.

Interviews, Articles, and Conversations

"Natasha Trethewey Delivers Final Lecture as U.S. Poet Laureate"
The Style Blog, The Washington Post, May 15, 2014

Just Asking: Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey
The Washington Post, April 23, 2014

"The Public Life of Poetry: An Interview with Natasha Trethewey"
Los Angeles Review of Books, June 11, 2013

"Appointed to a Second Term, U.S. Laureate Trethewey Aims for ‘Wider Audience’"
The Washington Post, June 10, 2013

"U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey: Poetry Still Matters"
The Style Blog, The Washington Post, May 2, 2013

"Natahsa Trethewey: Poetry 'showed me that I wasn't alone'"
The Washington Post, January 1, 2013

"U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey Explains Her Undying Obsession with the South"
Creative Loafing Atlanta, November 29, 2012

"Threthewey a 'Cheerleader' for Poetry"
AP, November 21, 2012

"Natasha Trethewey: Poet in Chief"
Garden and Gun, October/November 2012

"U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey Talks About Her New Job and Fourth Book"
Art Beat, PBS Newshour, September 21, 2012

"How Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey Wrote Her Father's 'Elegy'"
The Atlantic, August 14, 2012

"Meet Our New Poet Laureate" External Link
OnEarth blog, June 8, 2012

"Natasha Trethewey Named U.S. Poet Laureate" External Link
Art Beat, PBS NewsHour, June 7, 2012

"Natasha Trethewey Named 19th US Poet Laureate" External Link
The Associated Press, June 7, 2012

"New Laureate Looks Deep Into Memory" External Link (subscription may be required)
The New York Times, June 6, 2012

"Library of Congress Names Pulitzer Prize Winner Natasha Trethewey as Poet Laureate" External Link (subscription may be required)
The Washington Post, June 6, 2012

"An Interview with Natasha Trethewey" External Link
Smartish Pace, February 16, 2011

"Interview with Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey (excerpt)" External Link
The Missouri Review, Summer 2010

"Southern Crossings: An Interview with Natasha Trethewey" External Link
Waccamaw, April 23, 2010

"Because of Blood: Natasha Tretheway's Historical Memory" External Link
The Common Reader, May 2008

"An Interview with Natasha Trethewey" External Link
Bookslut, February 2008

"The Exchange: Natasha Trethewey" External Link
The New Yorker, July 26, 2007

"Native Daughter" External Link (subscription may be required)
The New York Times, May 13, 2007

Audio Recordings

Radio Programs

"U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey"
The Diane Rehm Show, NPR, January 23, 2013 (51:40)

"'Speaking The Unspeakable' To The New Poet Laureate" (03:34)
Weekend Edition Sunday, NPR, June 10, 2012

"Natasha Trethewey: 'Poetry's Always A Kind Of Faith'" External Link
Fresh Air, NPR, June 8, 2012

"Natasha Trethewey named US Poet Laureate" External Link (10:44)
Patt Morrison, 89.3 KPCC, June 7, 2012

"New US Poet Laureate: A Southerner To The Core" External Link (02:00)
All Things Considered, NPR, June 7, 2012

"Mississippi Meditation: A Poet Looks 'Beyond Katrina'" External Link (38:08)
Fresh Air, NPR, August 18, 2010

"Natasha Trethewey: If My Mom Could See Us Now" External Link (14:13)
Fresh Air, NPR, January 20, 2009

"Poet Natasha Trethewey, Hymning the Native Guard" External Link (39:44)
Fresh Air, NPR, July 16, 2007

Other Audio

"Kevin Young and Natasha Trethewey" External Link (52:41)
Georgia Center for the Book, Dekalb County Public Library, October 7, 2011

"Natasha Trethewey" External Link (17:57)
Key West Literary Seminar, March 17, 2010

2009 Sheth Lecture - Natasha Trethewey External Link (1:04:30)
Emory University, September 7, 2011

"A Reading by Natasha Trethewey" External Link
Blackbird, February 2006 reading at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

"Natasha Trethewey, Native Guard" External Link (direct link External Link, 12:51; requires Windows Media Player External Link)

Poetry FoundationExternal Link
Includes audio of Trethewey reading her poem "Myth," External Link as well as a longer clip of her reading and discussing her work External Link

Academy of American Poets External Link
Includes audio of Trethwey reading her poems "Monument" External Link and "Theories of Time and Space" External Link

Videos

"Poetry Reading by Natasha Trethewey" External Link (44:35)
Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University, January 26, 2012

"A Conversation with Natasha Trethewey" External Link (40:59)
Lenoir-Rhyne University Visiting Writers Series, October 7, 2011

"Poet Natasha Trethewey Reads at Cave Canem 2011" External Link (22:48)
Hosted by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh and Cave Canem, June 23, 2011

"A Creativity Conversation with Rita Dove and Natasha Trethewey" External Link (1:12:37)
Emory University, March 22, 2011

"Lunch Poems: Natasha Trethewey" External Link (28:27)
Lunch Poems Reading Series, UC Berkeley, April 19, 2010

"Why I Write: Natasha Trethewey on Poetry, History, and Social Justice" External Link (52:00)
Emory University, February 3, 2010

"Natasha Trethewey and John Edgar Wideman" External Link (1:37:18)
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series Archives, November 10, 2008

"Pulitzer Prize Winner Trethewey Discusses Poetry Collection" External Link (05:59)
PBS NewsHour, April 25, 2007

Southern Spaces External Link
Includes videos of Trethewey reading her poems "Theories of Time and Space External Link ," "Elegy for the Native Guards External Link," "Geography External Link," and "Congregation External Link," as well as a video interview with Jake Adam York External Link

YouTube External Link
Search results for Natasha Trethewey

Book Reviews

Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2010)

Blackbird External Link

NPR External Link

Southern Quarterly Review External Link

Native Guard (2006)

Bookslut External Link

Coldfront External Link

Poetry External Link

Bellocq's Ophelia (2002)

African American Review External Link

Whistling Shade External Link

Domestic Work (2000)

Kirkus Reviews External Link

Ploughshares External Link

Review excerpts from Graywolf Press External Link

Natasha Trethewey

Google News search on Natasha Trethewey External Link

Blog entries on Natasha Trethewey, via Google Blogs External Link

Twitter results for Natasha Trethewey (via Topsy) External Link

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