Marygrove Announces Guest Artist for CAALS 2014

The Marygrove College English and Modern Languages Department proudly announces the 2014 Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series guest artist: Poet Laureate of the United States, Natasha Trethewey.

Please mark your calendars for the appearance of the 2014 Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series guest artist and current US Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey. Ms. Trethewey will deliver the Lillian and Don Bauder Lecture at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 04, 2014, in Alumnae Hall on the Marygrove campus. As always, this event is free and open to the public.

A native of Gulfport, Mississippi, Trethewey has published four poetry collections: Domestic Work (2000); Bellocq’s Ophelia(2002); Native Guard (2006) and Thrall (2012). Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, appeared in 2010. She received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Native Guard and has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. Trethewey is currently Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University as well as State Poet Laureate of Mississippi.

Trethewey is the second sitting US Poet Laureate to visit Marygrove as part of the Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series. The first was Rita Dove in 1996.domesticwork

And it was Dove who selected Trethewey’s Domestic Work as the inaugural winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African American poet. Domestic Work also received the 2001 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize and the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Poetry. Dove has written, “Trethewey eschews the Polaroid instant, choosing to render the unsuspecting yearnings and tremulous hopes that accompany our most private thoughts—reclaiming for us that interior life where the true self flourishes and to which we return, in solitary reverie, for strength.” As the date draws near, we’ll be offering more information about this exciting author.

 We hope to see you at the event in April 2014!!

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