Created by Peter Armenti, Digital Reference Specialist
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,
, 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. Where Poetry Lives
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.
WATCH: Natasha Trethewey's Final Lecture as Poet Laureate (5/14/2015)
Library of Congress Web Site
• Selected Press Releases, Articles, Blog Posts, Poems
• Audio and Video
• Print Resources
• Biographical Information, Poetry
• Interviews, Articles, and Conversations
• Audio Recordings
• Videos •
• Natasha Trethewey in the News
Selected Press Releases, Articles, Blog Posts, Poems
Poetry and Literature Center Biography of Natasha Trethewey
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
"A Tale of Two Laureates"
From the Catbird Seat blog, December 11, 2012
"A Southern Stanza"
Library of Congress Blog, June 7, 2012
From the Catbird Seat blog, June 8, 2012
"Moving In and Moving Forward"
From the Catbird Seat blog, Feburary 6, 2013
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
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
"Conversation with Rosanne Cash & Natasha Trethewey"
December 7, 2013
"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
Poet and the Poem Series. September 14, 2012
Inaugural Reading of Poet Laureate Natasha TretheweySeptember 13, 2012
2010 National Book Festival Gala (segment featuring Trethewey begins at 37:26)
2004 National Book Festival Reading
Works by Natasha Trethewey in the Library of Congress
catalog can be found under the following author heading:
Trethewey, Natasha D., 1966-
Works about Natasha Trethewey in the Library of Congress
catalog can be found under the following subject heading:
Trethewey, Natasha D., 1966---Homes and haunts--Mississippi--Gulf Coast.
Biographical Information, Poetry
Academy of American Poets
Biography of Natasha Trethewey and several poems.
Blue Flower Arts
Biography of Natasha Trethewey.
Emory University Faculty Page
Biography of Natasha Trethewey,
along with links to several radio interviews and videos of Trethewey reading her poetry.
The New Georgia Encyclopedia
Biography of Natasha Trethewey.
Online NewsHour: Poetry Series
Brief biography of Natasha Trethewey, full-text of three poems, and several videos featuring Trethewey reading her poetry and discussing her work.
Biography of Natasha Trethewey, along with several poems, audio recordings, and a review of Native Guard.
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"
OnEarth blog, June 8, 2012
"Natasha Trethewey Named U.S. Poet Laureate"
Art Beat, PBS NewsHour, June 7, 2012
"Natasha Trethewey Named 19th US Poet Laureate"
The Associated Press, June 7, 2012
"New Laureate Looks Deep Into Memory" (subscription may be required)
The New York Times, June 6, 2012
"Library of Congress Names Pulitzer Prize Winner Natasha Trethewey as Poet Laureate" (subscription may be required)
The Washington Post, June 6, 2012
"An Interview with Natasha Trethewey"
Smartish Pace, February 16, 2011
"Interview with Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey (excerpt)"
The Missouri Review, Summer 2010
"Southern Crossings: An Interview with Natasha Trethewey"
Waccamaw, April 23, 2010
"Because of Blood: Natasha Tretheway's Historical Memory"
The Common Reader, May 2008
"An Interview with Natasha Trethewey"
Bookslut, February 2008
"The Exchange: Natasha Trethewey"
The New Yorker, July 26, 2007
"Native Daughter" (subscription may be required)
The New York Times, May 13, 2007
"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'"
Fresh Air, NPR, June 8, 2012
"Natasha Trethewey named US Poet Laureate" (10:44)
Patt Morrison, 89.3 KPCC, June 7, 2012
"New US Poet Laureate: A Southerner To The Core" (02:00)
All Things Considered, NPR, June 7, 2012
"Mississippi Meditation: A Poet Looks 'Beyond Katrina'" (38:08)
Fresh Air, NPR, August 18, 2010
"Natasha Trethewey: If My Mom Could See Us Now" (14:13)
Fresh Air, NPR, January 20, 2009
"Poet Natasha Trethewey, Hymning the Native Guard" (39:44)
Fresh Air, NPR, July 16, 2007
"Kevin Young and Natasha Trethewey" (52:41)
Georgia Center for the Book, Dekalb County Public Library, October 7, 2011
"Natasha Trethewey" (17:57)
Key West Literary Seminar, March 17, 2010
2009 Sheth Lecture - Natasha Trethewey (1:04:30)
Emory University, September 7, 2011
"A Reading by Natasha Trethewey"
Blackbird, February 2006 reading at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
"Natasha Trethewey, Native Guard" ( direct link , 12:51; requires Windows Media Player )
Poetry FoundationIncludes audio of Trethewey
reading her poem "Myth," as well as a longer clip of her reading and discussing her work
Academy of American Poets
Includes audio of Trethwey reading her poems " Monument" and " Theories of Time and Space"
"Poetry Reading by Natasha Trethewey" (44:35)
Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University, January 26, 2012
"A Conversation with Natasha Trethewey" (40:59)
Lenoir-Rhyne University Visiting Writers Series, October 7, 2011
"Poet Natasha Trethewey Reads at Cave Canem 2011" (22:48)
Hosted by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh and Cave Canem, June 23, 2011
"A Creativity Conversation with Rita Dove and Natasha Trethewey" (1:12:37)
Emory University, March 22, 2011
"Lunch Poems: Natasha Trethewey" (28:27)
Lunch Poems Reading Series, UC Berkeley, April 19, 2010
"Why I Write: Natasha Trethewey on Poetry, History, and Social Justice" (52:00)
Emory University, February 3, 2010
"Natasha Trethewey and John Edgar Wideman" (1:37:18)
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series Archives, November 10, 2008
"Pulitzer Prize Winner Trethewey Discusses Poetry Collection" (05:59)
PBS NewsHour, April 25, 2007
Includes videos of Trethewey reading her poems " Theories of Time and Space ," " Elegy for the Native Guards ," " Geography ," and " Congregation ," as well as a video interview with Jake Adam York
Search results for Natasha Trethewey
Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2010)
Southern Quarterly Review
Native Guard (2006)
Bellocq's Ophelia (2002)
African American Review
Domestic Work (2000)
Review excerpts from Graywolf Press
News search on Natasha Trethewey
Blog entries on Natasha Trethewey, via Google Blogs
Twitter results for Natasha Trethewey (via Topsy)