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Pulitzer Prize Poet Natasha Trethewey to read April 20

Natasha Tretheway, Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair in Poetry at Emory University, will read from her poetry on Wednesday, April 20 at 5:30 p.m. in John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill.

The event,  sponsored by the UVM English Department through the James and Mary Brigham Buckham Fund, is free and open to the public.

Tretheway is the author of Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; Native Guard, for which she won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize; Bellocq’s Ophelia which was named a Notable Book for 2003 by the American Library Association; and Domestic Work. Rita Dove selected Domestic Work (2000) as the winner of the inaugural Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African American poet. The book also won both the 2001 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize and the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Poetry. In her introduction to the book, Dove said, "Trethewey eschews the Polaroid instant, choosing to render the unsuspecting yearnings and tremulous hopes that accompany our most private thoughts — reclaiming for us that interior life where the true self flourishes and to which we return, in solitary reverie, for strength."

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