7th Annual Jeanne Harris Hansell Endowed Fund for Poetry presents Natasha Trethewey at The Francis W. Parker School
April 1, 2021 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join Francis Parker School for a virtual evening reading with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey, followed by a Q&A.
Trethewey served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012–14). In his citation, Librarian of Congress James Billington wrote, “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.” Trethewey was the first Southerner to receive the honor since Robert Penn Warren, in 1986, and the first African-American since Rita Dove, in 1993.
Trethewey is the author of five collections of poetry: Monument (2018), which was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award; Thrall (2012); Native Guard (2006), for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002); and Domestic Work (2000), which 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. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, and in 2013 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Trethewey is currently a Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University.
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