Natasha Trethewey, the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University in Atlanta and the former poet laureate of the United States, has donated an archive of her letters and documents to the Manuscript Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL) at Emory. Professor Trethewey is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection, Native Guard (Houghton Mifflin, 2006) and three other poetry collections. She is also the author of Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (University of Georgia Press, 2010).
“Natasha Trethewey is among the nation’s foremost contemporary voices in poetry,” says Rosemary Magee, director of the MARBL. “We are so pleased and proud that she has chosen to make Emory the permanent home for her literary archive. Generations of students and scholars from around the world will come to understand more deeply the creative process and the meaning of poetry and its relationship to our lives and history.”
“Emory has been for me an intellectual home,” Professor Trethewey said. “I am delighted to join the community of writers included in MARBL’s fine collections.”
A native of Gulfport, Mississippi, Professor Trethewey is a graduate of the University of Georgia. She holds a master’s degree from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.