Poet Natasha Trethewey to Offer Reading

SALEM, VA—Roanoke College will host a poetry reading by award-winning poet Natasha Trethewey on Thursday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Colket Center, Wortmann Ballroom. Tickets are not required.

Trethewey’s first book of poems, Domestic Work, was selected for the Cave Canem Poetry Prize in 1999. The book also received the Lillian Smith Book Award and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Awards, both in 2001. Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2000.

Trethewey’s new book titled Native Guard highlights the author’s experience growing up in the Deep South. Several poems remember the all-black military unit, the Native Guard, who served in the Civil War, and the collection artfully combines personal and national historical themes.  Trethewey is originally from Mississippi, now lives in Decatur, Ga. and is a professor of creative writing at Emory University.

Roanoke College, the country’s second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast.” Roanoke’s 1,970 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.