Poet Natasha Trethewey, Hymning the Native Guard
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.
Copyright 2023 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air.