Natasha Trethewey, the United States Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Native Guard,” will deliver the 2014 Knox College commencement address, according to an email to seniors Wednesday morning.
Trethewey is the author of several collections of poetry, along with her nonfiction book “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.” She was born in Gulfport, Miss., and she holds degrees in poetry from Hollins University and the University of Massachusetts.
“It is an honor and a privilege to have our country’s Poet Laureate deliver this year’s Commencement address,” President Teresa Amott said in a press release. “From its earliest days in which students organized literary societies to the present-day awards garnered by our student literary publications, Knox College has always sought to honor the poetic imagination. The selection of a poet as this year’s speaker affirms the critical role of the arts and humanities in the lives of our students and graduates.”
Mixed race, history and memory are among the major themes in Trethewey’s work.