February 28, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Natasha Trethewey, poet-in-residence at Bucknell University, will give a reading of her works Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in the Stadler Center for Poetry, Bucknell Hall, at Bucknell.

The reading, which is free to the public, will be followed by a book signing.

The Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair in Poetry at Emory University, Trethewey is author of Native Guard (Houghton Mifflin), for which she won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize; Bellocq's Ophelia (Graywolf, 2002) which was named a Notable Book for 2003 by the American Library Association; and Domestic Work (Graywolf, 2000).

She is 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 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.

Her first collection of poetry, Domestic Work (2000), 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.

Q&A on March 1
Trethewey will participate in a question-and-answer session Tuesday, March 1, at 4 p.m. in the C. Willard Smith Library of the Vaughan Literature Building. Stadler Center Director Shara McCallum will pose a series of questions on Trethewey's work and writing life before opening up the session to audience questions.

The poet-in-residence program at Bucknell University's Stadler Center for Poetry was established in 1981. The program brings a poet of national or international renown for a semester-long residence each spring. The poet-in-residence presents a reading, teaches a class in the Bucknell department of English, and serves as an artistic presence on campus.

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