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Reading by Natasha Trethewey

Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 5:00pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, 132
232 East Ave, Central Campus

The Spring 2024 Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series begins with a reading by Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey.

Natasha Trethewey served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014). She is the author of five collections of poetry, Monument (2018), which was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award; Thrall (2012); Native Guard (2006), for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002); and Domestic Work (2000), which was selected by Rita Dove as the winner of the inaugural Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African American poet and won both the 2001 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize and the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Poetry. She is also the author of the memoir Memorial Drive (2020). Her book of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, appeared in 2010. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. At Northwestern University she is a Board of Trustees Professor of English in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. In 2012 she was named Poet Laureate of the State of Mississippi and in 2013 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Book signing  and reception to follow the reading.

We are proud to partner with Buffalo Street Books at this event. Buffalo Street Books is Ithaca’s community-owned cooperative bookstore, dedicated to re-imagining the ways an independent bookstore can serve its community. Natasha Trethewey’s books are available online, in store, and on site at the reading. Show your student ID at BSB and get 10% off every day!


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We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To be respectful of those with allergies and environmental sensitivities, we ask that you please refrain from wearing strong fragrances. The venue is wheelchair accessible and equipped with assistive listening technology. If you need additional accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.

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This event is presented by the Department of Literatures in English / Creative Writing Program at Cornell University.

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Ilyana Castillo & Amanda Brockner


Natasha Trethewey

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The venue is wheelchair accessible. If you need additional accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.


Recption and book signing to follow in Literatures in English Lounge, 258 GSH.

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Free & open the the public.

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