Mississippi native Natasha Trethewey has just been named the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States. Trethewey will take leave from Emory University, where she is a professor of creative writing, to spend part of her term in Washington, D.C. Trethewey has been garnering acclaim for her poetry since her first collection, Domestic Work (2000), received several major awards. Much of her work deals with Southern history and racial identity. Her 2006 collection Native Guard won a Pulitzer Prize. Click here to watch Trethewey read "Elegy for the Native Guards" on location at Ship Island, Mississippi.
Trethewey's newest collection of poetry, entitled Thrall, will be published in September.