Natasha Trethewey was born on 1966, in Gulfport Mississippi. Trethewey often writes about her experiences as the daughter of a white father and a black mother growing up in the South. Trethewey earned her M.A. Poetry from Hollins University and M.F.A in poetry from the University of Massachusetts. She is the current Poet Laureate of Mississippi where she still resides. Among many poems published in magazines, Trethewey has three main pieces that stand out for their excellence:
Domestic Work (2000) – Winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Price for the best first book won by an African American poet. Won 2001 Mississippi Institutes of Arts and Letts Book Prize. Won 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Poetry.
Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002).
Native Guard (2006) – Won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
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