The Story Being Written: The Role of Poet as Public Figure

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The video cannot be shown at the moment. Please try again later.

Emory University and the First Amendment Center at the Newseum
invite you to a very special evening with

Natasha Trethewey, United States Poet Laureate
The Story Being Written: The Role of Poet as Public Figure

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 7 p.m. | Annenberg Theater, Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.

The poet shapes words, skillfully arranging phrases to convey personal challenge, emotion, or startling gestures of humanity. The United States Poet Laureate ascends to the role of public figure, freely sharing the process of literary creation, inspiring individuals to read and write poetry, and transforming perception and appreciation of the genre.

On April 16 at the Newseum, Natasha Trethewey, Emory University’s Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing and United States Poet Laureate, will read selections from her work, followed by a conversation with Charles Haynes of the First Amendment Center about her poetry, her national role, and the place of poetry in society.

Emory University President James W. Wagner will also pay tribute to Emory University’s long history with poets and their art, much of which is housed in Emory’s Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL) collections. Emory Alumni Board President Isabel Garcia will emcee the evening.

Natasha Trethewey was born in Gulfport, Mississippi on April 26, 1966. She is the author of four poetry collections and a book of creative non-fiction. Her honors include the Pulitzer Prize and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2012, she was appointed the State Poet Laureate of Mississippi.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP to Ashlie Hampton at

Sponsored by:  Emory University and Newseum