Natasha Trethewey

Poet

Grantee Cohort Spring 2018

Natasha Trethewey, the daughter of a mixed-race marriage, experienced her parents’ divorce when she was six. When she was a teenager, Trethewey’s mother was tragically murdered by her ex-husband. Her third book of poems, Native Guard (2006), which won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in poetry, contains elegies to her mother and a sonnet sequence in the voice of a black soldier fighting in the Civil War. Her recent work includes a book of creative non-fiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2010), and the poetry collection Thrall (2012).

She is an Art for Justice Bearing Witness Fellow, which is an award to writers of exceptional talent, enabling them to complete projects that speak to the human cost of mass incarceration.