Cropper Writers Series Features Natasha Trethewey
Date and Time
Friday, April 17, 2009 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice Theatre
The Lindsay J. Cropper Memorial Writers Series presents an evening of poetry with Natasha Trethewey.
Natasha Trethewey’s most recent collection, Native Guard, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Her first poetry book, Domestic Work, won the inaugural 1999 Cave Canem poetry prize (selected by Rita Dove). Her second collection, Bellocq's Ophelia, was named a 2003 Notable Book by the American Library Association.
Trethewey's work has appeared in several volumes of Best American Poetry and in journals such as Agni, American Poetry Review, Callaloo, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and The Southern Review. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Trethewey has taught at the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill and Duke University where she was the 2005-2006 Lehman Brady Joint Chair Professor of Documentary and American Studies. In 2008, she was named the 2008 Georgia Woman of the Year, and she is currently Professor of English at Emory University where she holds the Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair in Poetry.
The Lindsay J. Cropper Center for Creative Writing was established at the University of San Diego in 2004 in memory of Lindsay J. Cropper, an alumna of USD, an English major and aspiring writer, who died tragically in 2000. The purpose of the center is to foster the appreciation and practice of creative writing at the University of San Diego by hosting an annual Writers Series, sponsoring writing workshops, promoting the development of writing courses, and granting awards for creative writing.