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Event to feature current U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey
DETROIT, March 19, 2014— To commemorate its twenty-sixth year of bringing nationally-known authors to its campus for a public lecture and seminar, Marygrove's English and Modern Languages Department is pleased to announce that our current U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, will be the featured guest at its Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series (CAALS) event to be held on Friday, April 4, 2014 on the Marygrove College campus. Ms. Trethewey will also host a class session for Detroit area high school students and teachers beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Marygrove College Theatre.
Trethewey is the second sitting U.S. Poet Laureate to visit Marygrove as part of CAALS. The first was Rita Dove in 1996. It was Dove who selected Trethewey’s Domestic Work as the inaugural winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African American poet. Domestic Work also received the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Poetry. Dove has written, “Trethewey eschews the Polaroid instant, choosing to render the unsuspecting yearnings and tremulous hopes that accompany our most private thoughts – reclaiming for us that interior life where the true self flourishes and to which we return, in solitary reverie, for strength.” As Poet Laureate, Trethewey has been featured on PBS NewsHour poetry series known as Where Poetry Lives. Trethewey travels with Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown to different American cities in order to explore societal issues through literature. As part of this series, she visited participants in Detroit’s InsideOut Poetry in the Schools project for a program which aired on October 23, 2013.
CAALS will also celebrate this year’s event by featuring a class session conducted by Natasha Trethewey for Detroit area high school students. Over 300 students and teachers from Fordson, Cass Technical, Cody, Ferndale, Martin Luther King, Loyola, University of Detroit Jesuit and Detroit International Academy for Young Women will attend the class which begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Marygrove Theatre. Winners of the Mary Helen Washington Writing Contest will be recognized as well. Afterwards, students will enjoy lunch and a tour of the Marygrove College campus.
Natasha Trethewey will deliver the Lillian and Don Bauder Lecture at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014, in Alumnae Hall on the Marygrove College campus.
Ms. Trethewey will be introduced by CAALS consultant Mary Helen Washington, Professor of English at the University of Maryland. Books by both Trethewey and Washington will be available for purchase, and after the reading both authors will sign copies of their work.