Southern Poet Honored with National Poetry Appointment

Natasha Trethewey has been named the next U.S. Poet Laureate.

A Pulitzer Prize winner and former poet laureate of Misssisippi, Ms. Trethewey is currently a professor at Atlanta’s Emory University. She is one of the youngest poets named as U.S. Poet Laureate, and the first Southern poet in many years to be named to the post.

The announcement has been widely reported, such as here at the Huffington Post.

The following books written by Trethewey are available from the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library:

  • Domestic Work (2000)
  • Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002)
  • Native Guard (2006)
  • Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2010)

A Month’s Worth of Poetry Readings

April is National Poetry Month, and there’s an unusual number of  poetry readings scheduled throughout Atlanta this month.

Check Poetry Atlanta’s website for details, and treat yourself to some free or low-cost poetry from local poets.