Natasha Trethewey archive finds home at Emory

8/29/2014, 6:17 a.m.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey has placed her archive, which is currently open to researchers, at Emory University.

The Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing said Emory has been an intellectual home for her.

Her archive joins a rich collection of literary assets at the Manuscript Archives and Rare Book Library at Emory. It is home to the papers of Alice Walker, Lucille Clifton, James Dickey, Seamus Heaney, W.B. Yeats, Ted Hughes and Emory University Distinguished Professor Salman Rushdie, among others.

In an Aug. 26 statement, Trethewey said she’s delighted to join the community of writers in MARBL’s fine collections. She served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States between 2012 and 2014. She is author of four collections of poetry: “Domestic Work,” “Thrall,” “Bellocq’s Ophelia,” and “Native Guard,” which received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.

A chapbook, “Congregation,” was published in 2014. She is also the author of a book of creative nonfiction, “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”

Rosemary Magee, director of MARBL, said Trethewey is among the nation’s foremost contemporary voices in poetry.

“We are so pleased and proud that she has chosen to make Emory the permanent home for her literary archive,” Magee said. “Generations of students and scholars from around the world will come to understand more deeply the creative process and the meaning of poetry and its relationship to our lives and history.”

Robin Forman, Emory College of Arts and Sciences dean, called Trethewey “an extraordinarily powerful and impactful poet, and a deeply dedicated and gifted teacher.”

“I am thrilled that her archive will be here at Emory, helping students explore and better understand how the poetic voice can illuminate some of the most critical issues of our time,” Forman said.

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