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  • Congregation

    Natasha Trethewey, Emory University

    Published: 
    9 September 2010
    Overview: 
    Natasha Trethewey and her brother Joe, still from Congregation, 2010.

    In Gulfport, Mississippi and Decatur, Georgia, poet Natasha Trethewey reads "Congregation," a meditation about family members, friends, and landscape affected by Hurricane Katrina, and a coming to terms with autobiography and loss.

    Congregation is part of the Poets in Place series, a Research Collaboration in the Humanities initiative funded through Emory University's Presidential Woodruff Fund, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost. Series producers are Natasha Trethewey and Allen Tullos.

     

    Congregation

     
     Natasha Trethewey reads her poem "Congregation," 2010. Poem text.
    Natasha Trethewey, still from Congregation, 2010. Natasha Trethewey's brother Joe, still from Congregation, 2010.
    Natasha Trethewey and her mother, Gwen, still from Congregation, 2010. Watertower, still from Congregation, 2010.

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    Recommended Resources

    National Park Service Gulf Islands Regional Map of Gulfport, Mississippi and the Gulf Coast
      National Park Service Gulf Islands Regional Map of Gulfport, Mississippi and the Gulf Coast

     

    Selected Published Works

    Trethewey, Natasha. Bellocq's Ophelia. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2002.

    ———. Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2010.

    ———. Domestic Work. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2000.

    ———. Native Guard. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2006.

     

    Links

    Natasha Trethewey Discusses New Book "Beyond Katrina"
    http://shared.web.emory.edu/emory/news/releases/2010/08/natasha-trethewey-beyond-katrina.html

    2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry
    http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2007-Poetry

    Mississippi Meditations: A Poet Looks 'Beyond Katrina'. NPR Interview with Terry Gross
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129252666

    PBS NewsHour Interview with Jeffrey Brown
    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/entertainment/jan-june07/trethewey_04-25.html

    Poets.org entry for Natasha Trethewey
    http://poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/442

    Trethewey, Natasha. "Our Loss, Through the Eye of the Storm." New York Times, 28 August 2010.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/opinion/29trethewey.html

     

    Related Southern Spaces links

    Albergotti, Dan. "Shadows along the Waccamaw." Includes an interview with Natasha Trethewey
    http://www.southernspaces.org/2008/shadows-along-waccamaw

    Alexander, Elizabeth. "Natasha Trethewey interveiws Elizabeth Alexander."
    http://www.southernspaces.org/2009/natasha-trethewey-interviews-elizabeth-alexander

    Brown, Jericho. "Natasha Trethewey interviews Jericho Brown."
    http://www.southernspaces.org/2010/naming-each-place

    Hill, Sean. "The Morning with Many Tongues." Includes an interview with Natasha Trethewey
    http://www.southernspaces.org/2009/morning-many-tongues

    Jones, Rodney. "An Absence I Know I Won't Reclaim". Includes an interview with Natasha Trethewey
    http://www.southernspaces.org/2009/absence-i-know-i-wont-reclaim

    Phillips, Patrick. "Watching the Surface for a Sign." Includes an interview with Natasha Trethewey
    http://www.southernspaces.org/2009/watching-surface-sign

    Trethewey, Natasha. "Elegy for the Native Guards."
    http://www.southernspaces.org/2005/elegy-native-guards

    ———. "Jake Adam York interviews Natasha Trethewey."
    http://www.southernspaces.org/2010/jake-adam-york-interviews-natasha-trethewey

    ———. "Theories of Time and Space."
    http://www.southernspaces.org/2005/theories-time-and-space

    York, Jake Adam. "A Field Guide to Northeast Alabama." Includes an interview with Natasha Trethewey
    http://www.southernspaces.org/2008/field-guide-northeast-alabama

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