GONZAGA UNIVERSITY NEWS RELEASE
Dale Goodwin, Director
Peter Tormey, Associate Director
Natasha Trethewey, whose collection of poetry titled “Native Guard” (Houghton Mifflin, 2006) received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, will read from her works at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 9, in Gonzaga University’s Cataldo Hall Globe Room. The event is free and open to the public.
Trethewey is the third writer in the 2009-2010 Gonzaga University Visiting Writers Series. Earlier Nov. 9, she will conduct a question-and-answer session in the Jepson Center, Room 17 at 1:10 p.m. that is open to Gonzaga faculty, staff and students.
She was born in Gulfport, Miss., earned a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Georgia, a master of arts degree in poetry from Hollins University and a master of fine arts degree in poetry from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is an English professor at Emory University where she holds the Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair in Poetry.
Her first collection of poetry, “Domestic Work” (2000), won 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.
Since then, she published “Bellocq’s Ophelia” (2002) and “Native Guard.” Her work has appeared in Agni, The American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Callaloo, Gettysburg Review, The Massachusetts Review, New England Review, North American Review,and The Southern Review, among other magazines and anthologies.
In her introduction to Domestic Work, former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove noted, “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.”
Trethewey’s many honors include the Bunting Fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
The Gonzaga University Visiting Writers Series, initiated and spearheaded by Tod Marshall, an associate professor of English at Gonzaga, offers lectures/readings at Gonzaga throughout the academic year by prominent writers who express diverse perspectives. The series received a $5,000 grant from Humanities Washington to fund appearances by writers of regional and national importance.
All lectures in the series are free and open to the public and all begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Cataldo Hall Globe Room. The remaining schedule for the series is as follows.
- Sharon Olds, an outstanding poet, Feb. 2, 2010;
- Richard Kenney, a poet and MacArthur Fellow who teaches at University of Washington, March 1, 2010;
- Tod Marshall, the series organizer, a poet and GU English professor, April 13, 2010.
For more information, contact Tod Marshall at (509) 313-6681 or via e-mail.