Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series



Natasha Trethewey


Public Reading: Monday, September 24th, 8:30 pm,

Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

(Reception to follow)


Free and Open to the Public

also: Q&A Monday, September 24th, 4:30-5:30, 501G CL


Natasha Trethewey is the 19th United States Poet Laureate. She is the author of Native Guard, for which she won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, as well as Bellocq’s Ophelia, which was named a Notable Book for 2003 by the American Library Association. Her other works include Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf and Domestic Work. Her collection Thrall was published in 2012. In his citation, Librarian of Congress James Billington wrote that her “Poems dig beneath the surface of history—personal or communal, from childhood or from a century ago—to explore the human struggles that we all face.”

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Perhaps you recall I cast my line and reeled in two small trout we could not keep. Because I had to release them, I confess, I thought about the past—working the hooks loose, the fish writhing in my hands, each one slipping away before I could let go. I can tell you now that I tried to take it all in, record it for an elegy I’d write—one day—when the time came. Your daughter, I was that ruthless.


—from “Elegy”