Trethewey's latest poetry collection, Native Guard - winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for poetry - looks to her hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi, to reflect on personal and national histories. She animates a Union regiment of African American soldiers guarding Confederate prisoners in the Civil War, weaving this almost forgotten history with that of her parents' interracial marriage in 1965, which was illegal in Mississippi at the time. Dungy, author of What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison (2006), and Giscombe, author of Here, Giscombe Road, and Inland, among others, join Trethewey for a reading motivated by American places, pictures, and memories.
Another Country: Poets, Place, Photography
Thursday, March 13, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
Camille Dungy, C.S. Giscombe, and Natasha Trethewey, poets