19th U.S. Poet Laureate Named: Natasha Trethewey

The newest U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry was announced as Natasha Trethewey, author of the award-winning collection Native Guard.

Last week, I was able to head into Washington, D.C., to the Library of Congress with a friend and see Trethewey give the inaugural reading for the literary season.  She read from her latest collection, Thrall.

There is nothing like hearing a poet read from their own collection to make you want to buy it and read it for yourself and see the words drape the page.  If you’re interested, here are my impressions of the event.


  1. So glad you and Erin were able to go. You’ll have to tell me all about it when I see you this weekend. Of course, I’m off to read your Examiner article, but I still want to hear all about it from you. 😉

    P.S. The followup comment box is showing. Sorry I wasn’t able to check until now. I wasn’t online at all yesterday.
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    • Yes, Shauna fixed it, though we both have no idea what happened to that box. Erin and I had a great time, though there was some fun metro meeting confusion. LOL

  2. Nice to hear how a poet interprets their own work & to see how it chimes with your own perceptions
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    • Yes, that is true. In a way, I prefer to go to readings of poets I don’t read to see if I like their poems and want to read them. But this was a great reading.

  3. How fortunate that you got to see her!

  4. Last week, I heard my first Nobel Laureate read a poem as well in Raleigh. It is exciting.
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