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Natasha Trethewey, former U.S. Poet Laureate, leaving Emory University

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Natasha Trethewey, former U.S. Poet Laureate, leaving Emory University

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

Natasha Trethewey. Source: Emory University

Natasha Trethewey will be leaving her job as a professor at Emory University to join the faculty of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

Trethewey, the former U.S. Poet Laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner, spent 15 years at Emory, most recently as the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing, according to a press release from Northwestern.

She is the author of is the author of “Meditation at Decatur Square” and was recently awarded an American Academy of Poets fellowship.

“It seems to me that, at Northwestern, the opportunities for meaningful, exciting and important new work in teaching and research are boundless,” Trethewey said in the press release.

She said “numerous factors” played into her decision to move to Northwestern. The university has a Poetry and Poetics Colloquium which showcases the diversity of contemporary American poetry. She also cited the “ongoing integration of the arts across campus” and the work of the Northwestern University Press.

“I am also drawn to the commitment to undergraduate teaching in the department of English and the creative writing program combined with the future M.F.A./M.A. program which promises, upon its launch, to be one of the preeminent graduate writing and literature programs in the country,” Trethewey said in the press release.

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