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Natasha Trethewey named Poet Laureate

According to the New York Times, the Library of Congress announced that Natasha Trethewey will succeed Philip Levine as our nation’s Poet Laureate. She is a Mississipi native and received an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She will be the first southerner to hold the post since Robert Penn Warren and the first African-American woman since Rita Dove. Her post officially begins this September. Our consortium has a few of her books and many of her poems in various anthologies, you might want to check her out.