The New Poet Laureate is Here

Natasha Trethewey is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, recently named the United States Poet Laureate for 2012. Trethewey writes about those people and events that have fallen off the pages of history. The Librarian of Congress, James Billington, said of Trethewey, “I have an affinity for American individuals who are absolutely unique, and I think that [she] is one.”

Here is Natasha Trethewey speaking at Emory University about why she writes poetry.