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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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