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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Poetry

Born: 1966 in Gulfport, Mississippi


Illinois Connection

Tretheway lives in Evanston.

Biographical and Professional Information

Natasha Trethewey, two-term U.S. Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize winner, and 2017 Heinz Award recipient, has written four collections of poetry and one book of nonfiction. An American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow, she is currently Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University.

She has also been inducted into both the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.

Link to Natasha Trethewey's poem, "Domestic Work, 1937" at the Poetry 180 Project page at the Library of Congress site -

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """Body of Work"""

-- *Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature, 2018

-- *Heinz Award in Arts and Humanities, 2017

-- *PEN Oakland – Josephine Miles Literary Award, 2015

-- *United States Poet Laureate, 2012, 2014

-- *Poet Laureate of Mississippi, 2012

-- *Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 2007

-- *Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prizes, 2001, 2003, 2007

-- *Lillian Smith Book Award, 2001, 2007


-- """Domestic Work, 1937"""

-- *Cave Canem Foundation Poetry Prize, 1999 - First African American poet to win


-- """Monument: Poems New and Selected"""

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2020