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Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey was recently appointed to a second term by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. Trethewey is also Poet Laureate of her home state of Mississippi. She is a professor of English and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta and the author of four poetry collections, including her newest, “Thrall” (2012). Her other collections are “Native Guard” (2006), winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; “Bellocq’s Ophelia” (2002); and “Domestic Work” (2000). She is also the author of the nonfiction book “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.” Trethewey has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations.