New US Poet Laureate: Nastasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey

The Library of Congress has announced that Nastasha Trethewey is the new poet laureate. Trethewey, a native of Mississippi, is the first Southerner to be selected for the post since Robert Penn Warren, the first poet laureate, and the first African-American since Rita Dove. She has a connection to Massachusetts because she earned her MFA at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Trethewey’s books include Domestic Work (2000), which won the Cave Canem Prize for a first book by an African-American poet, Bellocq’s Ophelia, and  Native Guard, which won the Pulitzer Prize. She has also written a memoir, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,  and has a new book of poetry, Thrall, which is coming out  in the fall.

Congratulations, Nastasha Trethewey.