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Southern Spaces
A journal about real and imagined spaces and places of the US South and their global connections

US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey at Southern Spaces

Emory University
Published June 7, 2012
Natasha Trethewey interviewing Elizabeth Alexander, 2009.
Natasha Trethewey interviewing Elizabeth Alexander, 2009. From Southern Spaces.

This week, Natasha Trethewey was named the United States Poet Laureate. As we celebrate and congratulate her, we wanted to take a moment to share her contributions to Southern Spaces.

Trethewey has been an important figure in the life of our journal. As well as serving on our board, she co-produces Poets in Place, a series on the site since 2005. Poets in Place presents original videos of poets reading and discussing their poems in locations they write about. Videos of her poems "Elegy for the Native Guards" and "Theories of Time and Space" were published in 2005. Since then, as Trethewey won the Pulitzer Prize and became the US Poet Laureate, she continued her commitment to Southern Spaces, interviewing poets, including Elizabeth Alexander, publishing readings of "Congregation" and "Geography," and sitting for an hour long interview in 2010. Below is a bibliography of Trethewey's contributions to Southern Spaces.


Poets in Place,


Trethewey, Natasha. "Congregation." September 9, 2010.

———. "Elegy for the Native Guards." June 10, 2005.

———. "Geography." January 11, 2011.

———. "Jake Adam York interviews Natasha Trethewey." June 25, 2010.

———. "Theories of Time and Space." June 20, 2005.


Albergotti, Dan. "Shadows along the Waccamaw." November 24, 2008.

Alexander, Elizabeth. "Natasha Trethewey interveiws Elizabeth Alexander." December 10, 2009.

Brown, Jericho. "Naming Each Place." March 4, 2010.

Hill, Sean. "The Morning with Many Tongues." February 27, 2009.

Jones, Rodney. "An Absence I Know I Won't Reclaim." January 22, 2009.

Phillips, Patrick. "Watching the Surface for a Sign." April 14, 2009.

York, Jake Adam. "A Field Guide to Northeast Alabama." March 7, 2008.