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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey to give reading Nov. 30

RELEASED: Nov. 22, 2011

Trethewey
Natasha Trethewey

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Trethewey is the author of three books of poetry: "Domestic Work," "Bellocq's Ophelia" and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Native Guard." She will read from new and old work at the Nov. 30 event, which is free and open to the public.

Trethewey teaches English and creative writing at Emory University. She is a recipient of the Lillian Smith Award for Poetry and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations. Born in Gulfport, Miss., in 1966, Trethewey's southern roots frequently influence her work. Her poems explore issues of race from the Civil War to present, including her experiences growing up in an interracial home in Mississippi in the 1960s.

The UW-Eau Claire event is sponsored by the Blugold Visiting Writer Series, a program funded by a Blugold Commitment grant.

Karen Loeb, professor of English, wrote the grant for the Blugold Visiting Writer Series, which is in its first year. The writer series aims to bring writers of national recognition to UW-Eau Claire, something that hasn't been possible for a long time due to cost, Loeb said.

"We have a vibrant creative writing program here at UW-Eau Claire, and visiting writers should be at the heart of it," Loeb said, adding that the program is working to bring another writer to campus in spring 2012.

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