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‘Meditation at Decatur Square’ author awarded American Academy of Poets fellowship

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‘Meditation at Decatur Square’ author awarded American Academy of Poets fellowship

Natasha Trethewey. Source: Emory University
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Natasha Trethewey. Source: Emory University

Natasha Trethewey. Source: Emory University

Emory professor and former U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey has been awarded an American Academy of Poets fellowship, Emory University says.

Thretheway, a Pultizer-prize winner, is the author of “Meditation at Decatur Square.”

According to a press release from Emory University, “The fellowship, which comes with a $25,000 stipend, is presented to one poet each year in recognition of distinguished poetic achievement. Established in 1946, the award is given in memory of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet James Ingram Merrill and was the first of its kind in the United States.”

Thretheway is “pleased to be chosen by a group of her peers” the press release said.

“It comes at a time when I’m trying to work on another book of poems, as well as trying to finish a memoir,” she said in the press release. “It’s a wonderful vote of confidence.”

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