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Preview: Natasha Trethewey at New Orleans Public Library

Will Coviello on the Mississippi-born U.S. poet laureate, who reads at NOPL Dec. 6

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Natasha Trethewey is the poet laureate of both the United States and her native Mississippi. She was born in Gulfport, and for a time lived in New Orleans with her father, Canadian-born poet Eric Trethewey. Being of mixed race and growing up in the South under the vestiges of segregation, she's addressed the subject of race and history in several collections. In Bellocq's Ophelia (2002), she imagined the life of a fictional mixed-race prostitute captured in an E.J. Bellocq photograph. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 collection Native Guard included poems about the first all-black regiment to serve in the Union Army during he Civil War, the Louisiana Native Guard. The unit guarded prisoners at Ship Island, Miss. Her recent work includes Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2010) and Thrall (2012). She reads from her work and signs books at the Main Branchof the New Orleans Public Library. Free admission. — Will Coviello

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