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U.S. Poet Laureate speaks to crowd at GGC

U.S. Poet Laureate of the United States, Natasha Trethewey, speaks during the Gwinnett County Public Library’s “Fall Into The Arts” event on Sunday at Georgia Gwinnett College.

U.S. Poet Laureate of the United States, Natasha Trethewey, speaks during the Gwinnett County Public Library’s “Fall Into The Arts” event on Sunday at Georgia Gwinnett College.

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LAWRENCEVILLE — Recently elected as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States, Natasha Trethewey, gave the keynote speech on behalf of Gwinnett County Public Library’s “Fall Into The Arts” event. The event was hosted by Georgia Gwinnett College on Sunday evening.

Trethewey, a native of Gulfport, Miss. and 1989 graduate of the University of Georgia, is also the winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Award for poetry.

“When I first found out that I was named the poet laureate, I was in disbelief and humbled.” Trethewey said. “As laureate, I have the same goal as everyone who came before me—to help spread poetry to a wider audience because poetry is for all of us,” she added.

Trethewey, heavily influenced by her parents as a child, learned at a young age that she had a talent and passion for writing.

During her keynote speech, she read numerous passages from her works including her newly released novel, Thrall.

When asked about future plans during her term as laureate, Trethewey said, “I have been heavily weighing the possibility of taking on a national project, but I do not have any concrete plans as of yet.”

Speaking to a standing room only audience, Trethewey felt right at home as many of the members of the crowd were also long time friends.

“I went to school with Natasha and graduated the same year,” Susan Bolton, of Hoschton, said of being excited to see Trethewey speak. “Natasha deserves to be recognized.” Bolton added.

This event was Georgia Gwinnett College’s second partnership with the Gwinnett County Public Library.