Professor Natasha Trethewey has received a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship,
awarded on the basis of distinguished achievement and exceptional
promise of future accomplishment from the John Simon Guggenheim
Memorial Foundation. She is the author of two acclaimed collections
of poetry: Domestic Work (Graywolf Press, 2000) and Bellocqs
Ophelia (Graywolf, 2002). Trethewey
is Emorys first Guggenheim Fellow.
A poet and
faculty member in creative writing, Trethewey was among the
184 scholars, artists, and scientists selected from more than
2,800 applicants. Natasha Trethewey has distinguished
herself as a writer of rare excellence, said Robert Paul,
dean of Emory College. She richly deserves to be associated
with one of the worlds most prestigious fellowships, which
also adds to the distinction of our creative writing program.
grew up in the Atlanta area, graduating from Redan High School
and the University of Georgia. She plans to use her fellowship
to travel and do research on Confederate and civil rights
memorials in her native state of Mississippi and other locales
in the South, gathering observations that she will use to complete
a third volume of poetry, titled Native Guard.
positioning myself as a native daughter, and native guard of
Mississippis past, says Trethewey, I intend
to explore the rift between public and personal memory, and
grapple with the themes of home and exile, memory and history,
which occupy the forefront of the landscape of my imagination.