America's Poet Laureate 2012-2014
On June 10, 2013, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Natasha Trethewey to a second term as the Library's Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2013-2014.
Her second term will begin in September, 2013. She will follow previous multiyear laureates—such as Kay Ryan, Ted Kooser, and Billy Collins—and undertake a signature project: a regular feature on the PBS NewsHour Poetry Series. Trethewey will join NewsHour Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown for a series of on-location reports in various cities across the United States to explore several large societal issues, through a focused lens offered by poetry and her own coming-to-the-art.
The Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress serves as the nation's official lightning rod for the poetic impulse of Americans. During his or her term, the Poet Laureate seeks to raise the national consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry.
Read her essay, "Necessary Utterance: On Poetry as a Cultural Force" published in the Winter, 2014 issue of VQR: A National Journal of Literature and Discussion.
Read about Natasha Trethewey and find her poetry at:
See the New York Times Topics Page on Natasha Trethewey.