Poet Laureate

Natasha Trethewey Named U. S. Poet Laureate

US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, courtesy of Wikipedia CommonsPulitzer Prize winning poet Natasha Trethewey has been named the 19th U. S. Poet Laureate. She succeeds Philip Levine as the country's guardian of, and cheerleader-in-chief for the genre.

Trethewey is the author of four books of poetry and a collection of creative nonfiction. In addition to the Pulitzer, her honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches literature and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta.

W. S. Merwin Named U. S. Poet Laureate

Cover Art: The Rain in the TreesW. S. Merwin has been named U. S. Poet Laureate. He will replace the outgoing Kay Ryan. He is the author of thirty books of poems, and translator of many more. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in both 1971 and 2009, and the Academy of American Poets' Tanning Prize, among many other honors.

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