Natasha Trethewey Appointed to 2nd Term as US Poet Laureate

The Pulitzer-winning poet will stay on at the Library of Congress for a second year.

By: Sophie Gilbert

The appointment of Natasha Trethewey as the 19th US poet laureate last year was notable for a number of reasons, including her midcareer status, her personal history, and her Southern heritage, as well as the fact that Trethewey became the first person in that role to actually take up residence in Washington for the second half of her tenure.

Today, the Library of Congress announced that Trethewey will stay on as poet laureate for a second year, expanding the role she described as being a “cheerleader” for poetry by touring the country to meet people working with the medium across the US. Trethewey, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for her book Native Guard, will also participate in the “PBS NewsHour Poetry Series,” presenting reports with “NewsHour’s” Jeffrey Brown.

Find out more about Trethewey in our earlier feature.