Natasha Trethewey RI ’01 was named the winner in poetry for her third collection, Native Guard (Houghton Mifflin, 2006). The title refers to the Louisiana Native Guards, the first officially sanctioned Union regiment of African American soldiers in the Civil War. Trethewey began conducting research for Native Guard when she was a fellow at Radcliffe.
A professor at Emory University, Trethewey is working on her fourth collection of poetry. Her first two books are Domestic Work (Graywolf, 2000) and Bellocq’s Ophelia (Graywolf, 2002), which she completed during her fellowship year at Radcliffe.
The Summer 2006 issue of the Radcliffe Quarterly featured a profile of Trethewey, as well as an excerpt from Native Guard.