Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey

CLEMSON — United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will read at the 7th annual Clemson Literary Festival March 27 at the Clemson University Alumni Center. The festival runs from March 26 to 29 and will showcase a number of award-winning authors, as well as events for aspiring writers and younger readers.

Trethewey is the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States and the author of four collections of poetry: “Domestic Work”; “Bellocq’s Ophelia”; “Native Guard,” for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; and, most recently, “Thrall.” Her book of nonfiction, “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” was published 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 Emory University she is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing.

Since its inception in 2008, the Clemson Literary Festival has brought more than 50 writers to Clemson for readings, panels and discussions. The festival is organized by students and aims to bring together students, faculty and the surrounding communities through a mutual appreciation of the arts.

All events are free and open to the public.