The United States’ current poet laureate Natasha Trethewey will read selections of her poetry at a free event this month at Ohio Wesleyan, the Delaware university just announced.
Save the date for 7 p.m. Feb. 20. Trethewey will read inside the Benes Rooms at OWU’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center (40 Rowland Ave., Delaware). It’s free and open to the public.
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington tapped Trethewey to the position (basically the gold medal for American poets) in August, saying “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.”
Do some preliminary reading and check out her first collection of poetry “Domestic Work” (1999) or her Pulitzer Prize-winning “Native Guard” (2007). Her latest, a 2012 collection called “Thrall,” weaves its way through her own personal and historical history of race relations.