Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize-winner Natasha Tretheway tells her story

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Natasha Tretheway’s newest collection of poems, titled “Thrall,” enthralled an audience in Clark University’s Atwood Hall on Nov. 4, as she delved into matters of race, family, history, and the moving target that is our evolving perceptions of all three.

Tretheway’s appearance was part of the African American Intellectual Culture Series and the Higgins School of Humanities’ fall dialogue symposium, Tell Me A Story. The event was co-sponsored with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of the Provost.

Tretheway, a Pulitzer Prize winner and the former United States Poet Laureate, noted that “Thrall” was inspired by her interest “in finding out something that was deeply ingrained; unexamined notions of racial difference still manifested in our culture even now.”

Read an account of Tretheway’s presentation written by Mitchell Perry ’16 on the Clark University English Department blog ClarkWrites