African-American author Natasha Tretheway has been named Poet Laureate of the United States. The Pulitzer-Prize winner and Professor at Emory University is the first black to hold the honor since 1993.

Natasha Tretheway has written three collections of poetry and one nonfiction book. The 46-year-old author is known for several works including “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.” She is due for a fourth collection of poetry called “Thrall” to be released fall 2012.


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