Poet Natasha Trethewey, Hymning the Native Guard Natasha Trethewey was recently awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her poetry collection Native Guard. Trethewey grew up bi-racial in Mississippi, and her mother was murdered by her stepfather; these, along with the South, are recurring themes in her poetry.
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Poet Natasha Trethewey, Hymning the Native Guard

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Natasha Trethewey's first collection, Domestic Work, won the Cave Canem poetry prize. Jon Rou hide caption

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Natasha Trethewey's first collection, Domestic Work, won the Cave Canem poetry prize.

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Natasha Trethewey was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Native Guard, her most recent collection of poetry. The title refers to a regiment of African- American soldiers who fought for the Union in the Civil War.

Trethewey grew up the child of a racially mixed marriage in Mississippi. Her mother was murdered by her stepfather; these, along with the South and its singular ways, are recurring themes in her poetry.

Trethewey teaches creative writing at Emory University. Native Guard is her third collection.

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