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.
This guide provides an overview of print and online resources related to Natasha Trethewey's life and work. To suggest additions to this guide, please contact the Researcher and Reference Services Division.