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
Find out more about Trethewey in our earlier feature.