Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Natasha Trethewey at USF April 17

TAMPA, Fla. (April 14, 2008) –Renowned poet Natasha Trethewey  will read and discuss her work April 17th 7:00 p.m. at Traditions Hall on the University of South Florida Tampa campus. The 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner accepted the award for her third poetry collection, Native Guard published in 2006. It contains her poems about black Union soldiers who guarded a fort off the coast of Mississippi during the U. S. Civil War.

Her first work, Domestic Work, 1937 was selected by Rita Dove to receive the inaugural 1999 Cave Canem poetry prize for the best first book by an African American poet and also received the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Poetry and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize. Her second work, Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002) received the 2003 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize. She is the recipient of the prestigious Bunting fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Born in Gulfport, Mississippi, Trethewey holds a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia, an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Hollins University, and an M.F. A. in poetry from the University of Massachusetts. She is the Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair, and professor of poetry at Emory University.

This event is sponsored by the USF Humanities Institute, the departments of English and Women’s Studies, and USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy.

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is one of Florida's top three research universities. USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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