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Natasha Trethewey Named Poet Laureate of Mississippi

By Harriet Staff

Does every state have a Poet Laureate now? They should.

Natasha Trethewey has been appointed Poet Laureate of the great state of Mississippi.

See this Sun Herald article for proof.

Natasha Trethewey has been appointed Mississippi’s poet laureate by Gov. Haley Barbour, prior to leaving office. She will be responsible for promoting the literary arts in Mississippi through readings of her work at meetings, seminars and conferences across the state.

A native of Gulfport with a master of fine arts degree from the University of Massachusetts, Trethewey is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University in Atlanta. She recently served as the James Weldon Johnson Fellow in African American Studies at the Beinecke Library at Yale University.

“She has received national and international acclaim for her poetry that is, often, a tribute to the state of Mississippi and, more specifically, the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” Barbour said.

“It’s an honor to have been named poet laureate of my native state — the place that made me a writer — and I am delighted to serve the citizens of Mississippi by promoting our rich and ongoing cultural and literary traditions,” Trethewey said when notified of her selection.

Posted in Poetry News on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.