Natasha Tretheway was appointed as the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate in June 2012. Her work combines free verse with more traditional forms like the sonnet and the villanelle to explore memory and the racial legacy of America.
In her writing, Trethewey puts herself into the lives of people in history. She portrays the experiences of others who were directly affected by different points in time. In doing so, she encourages her readers to better understand pieces of history that often get ignored and to look deeply into the personal tragedy of it all.
All winning poets selected from this year’s 7th Grade Poetry Contest will receive an autographed copy of Natasha Trethewey’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book Native Guard.
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