Monday, February 25, 2008

2007 Poetry Pulitzer Prize Winner to Read at Clayton State Tomorrow Night

2007 Poetry Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey will read from her work, “Native Guard,” on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in room 272 of the James M. Baker Center on the Clayton State University campus as part of the University’s spring 2008 Visiting Writers Reading Series. Copies of Trethewey’s work will be available for purchase, and a question/answer session and book signing will follow the reading.

“Native Guard” (Houghton Mifflin 2006) won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Tretheway, who has also authored “Bellocq’s Ophelia” (Graywolf, 2002), which was named a Notable Book for 2003 by the American Library Association, and “Domestic Work” (Graywolf, 2000).

Her poems have appeared in such journals and anthologies as “American Poetry Review,” “Callaloo, Kenyon Review,” “The Southern Review,” “New England Review,” “Gettysburg Review,” and “The Best American Poetry” 2000 and 2003. Currently, she is Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair in Poetry at Emory University. She is also the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.

Her first collection of poetry, “Domestic Work”, was selected by Rita Dove as the winner of the inaugural Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African American poet and 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.”

To learn more about Trethewey, visit

The Visiting Writers Reading Series is funded by Clayton State’s Lyceum and is free and open to the public. For directions to the campus, visit For additional information, contact

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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