Trethewey and Young (English & Creative Writing) Selected for MoMA Honor

tretheweywebpage2Nathasha Trethewey (Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing) and Kevin Young (Atticus Haygood Professor of English and Creative Writing) have been commissioned by the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to write poems inspired by the centennial of the Great Migration.

youngwebpageThese poems will be published online as part of MoMA’s current exhibit “One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North,” which includes materials on loan from Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL). Trethewey and Young are among 10 poets selected for this honor.

More information is available here.

Source: Emory’s Center for Faculty Development and Excellence


Trethewey Appointed to Second Term as U.S. Laureate

Natasha Trethewey, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing and director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University, has been appointed to serve a second term as U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

“The Library and the country are fortunate Natasha Trethewey will continue her work as Poet Laureate,” says Billington. “Natasha’s first term was a resounding success, and we could not be more thrilled with her plans for the coming year.”

“All of us on the Emory campus, along with members of the broader Emory community, are proud and enthusiastically supportive of the work Natasha has done to share the creative power of poetry with the entire nation,” says Robin Forman, dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences. “Throughout this past year, with the increasingly overwhelming demands on her time, Natasha has remained engaged with our students, and with our Creative Writing program, and we look forward to another year of having Emory’s commitment to the humanities energized by her work as Poet Laureate.”

During her second term she will undertake a regular feature on the PBS NewsHour Poetry Series where she will team up with a NewsHour correspondent to do a series of on-location reports exploring social issues in various U.S. cities.

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Trethewey Named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

U.S. Poet Laureate and creative writing instructor Natasha Trethewey has been named a 2013 member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and a center for independent policy research.

Trethewey, who is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing and director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory, is serving as 19th Poet Laureate, and is in residence through May 2013 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. She is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection, “Native Guard” (2006), which Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre will adapt for the stage in 2014 as part of the National Civil War Project.

In the literary arts at Emory, Trethewey joins Shoshana Felman (2010), Robert Woodruff Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and French, and Ronald Schuchard (2012), Goodrich C. White Professor of English at Emory University, as Fellows. In total, 12 Emory faculty belong to the Academy.

Since its founding in 1780, the Academy has elected leading “thinkers and doers” from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the 20th. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

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Selected Video Links

Creativity Conversation: Natasha Trethewey & Rosemary Magee (2012)

Why I Write: Natasha Trethewey on Poetry, History, and Social Justice (2010)

Natasha Trethewey Reads a Poem from “Beyond Katrina” (2010)

Creative Writing Good Tidings

More good tidings from the Creative Writing Program!

Related Media

Natasha Trethewey and Rosemary Magee Creativity Conversation (Oct. 8, 2012)

Jericho Brown on Paul Simon and His Calling Back to African-American Music (November 2012)

Kevin Young on NPR (Nov. 22, 2012)


Faculty in the News

Jed Brody, an Emory physics senior lecturer, has just published a science fiction novel, The Philodentrist Heresy (Moon Willow Press).

Fereydoon Family, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Physics, is collaborating with clinical ophthalmologist Hans Grossniklaus to discover new insights into the leading cause of blindness in adults.

James Flannery, Winship Professor of the Arts and Humanities and director of the W.B. Yeats Foundation at Emory, was honored as producer when Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert earned a Southeast Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arts and Entertainment. The winning broadcast of  the Celtic Christmas Concert was performed at Emory and televised on Georgia Public Broadcasting this past December.

Natasha Trethewey, Emory University professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, has been named Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2012-2013 by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.