Natasha Trethewey, U.S. Poet Laureate: A Resource Guide
American poet Natasha Trethewey served as the 19th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry from 2012-2014. This guide provides access to selected print and online resources related to Trethewey's life and work.
Maura Byrne, Intern, Poetry and Literature Center
Anne Holmes, Digital Content Manager, Poetry and Literature Center
Peter Armenti, Reference Specialist, Researcher and Reference Services Division
Created: February 20, 2020
Last Updated: December 11, 2020
On June 7, 2012, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Natasha Trethewey as the 19th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. In a statement announcing the appointment, Dr. Billington said:
Natasha Trethewey is an outstanding poet/historian in the mold of Robert Penn Warren, our first Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Her poems dig beneath the surface of history—personal or communal, from childhood or from a century ago—to explore the human struggles that we all face.
Trethewey took up her duties in fall 2012, opening the Library’s annual literary season on September 13th with a reading of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium.