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Natasha Trethewey

When: Tue., March 22, 7:30 p.m. 2016

TUESDAY, MARCH 22

NATASHA TRETHEWEY

Natasha Trethewey, who served as U.S. poet laureate from 2012 to 2014, is the daughter of mixed-race parents from Gulfport, Mississippi, whose marriage was still illegal at the time of its consummation. Personally forged in the crucible of our nation's historical inequality, Trethewey has pursued its fractures in Pulitzer Prize-winning verse. "Elegy for the Native Guards" searches Gulfport in vain for monuments to black Civil War soldiers as prominent as all the Confederate ones; "Enlightenment" reckons with Thomas Jefferson's slave ownership via a familial conversation: "I've made a joke of it, this history/ that links us—white father, black daughter—/ even as it renders us other to each other." As the 2016 Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence at UNC's College of Arts and Sciences, Trethewey speaks at the Genome Sciences Auditorium on March 22; see UNC's website for more upcoming appearances. —Brian Howe

UNC'S GENOME SCIENCES AUDITORIUM, CHAPEL HILL 7:30 p.m., free, www.college.unc.edu

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