Pultizer Prize-Winning Poet Keynote Speaker for 2012 Literary Festival

Brunswick, GA – Emory University Professor Natasha Trethewey, recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her book Native Guard, will speak on “War and Remembrance” during her keynote presentation for the 2012 Georgia Literary Festival at the Jekyll Island Convention Center on November 10. Trethewey will speak at 10 a.m. in Atlantic Hall, opening a full day of free and varied programs open to the public.

Countering comments she has heard about American poets not engaging with political and social issues, Trethewey will present and discuss a range of poets—including herself—who do just that. “That the festival is taking place on Veterans Day weekend should make the presentation relevant to a wide range of attendees,” she noted.

Sponsored by the Georgia Center for the Book and the Georgia Humanities Council, the Georgia Literary Festival has celebrated exceptional writing in a different part of the state since 1999. The 2012 festival is hosted by the College of Coastal Georgia, the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Jekyll Island Authority, with the Brunswick News is as presenting sponsor.

Trethewey is a native of Gulfport, Mississippi, and her most recent work is  a memoir about her home state: Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2011), published by the University of Georgia Press. In addition to Native Guard, she has authored Domestic Work and Bellocq’s Ophelia. Her fourth collection of poetry, Thrall, will be released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt this fall.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Trethewey received an M.A. in English and creative writing from Hollins University in Virginia and an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Massachusetts

The recipient of many prizes and fellowships, she was named the 2008 Georgia Woman of the Year and was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 2009 and the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2011.

A planning committee composed of staff from the host organizations as well as the Gould Memorial Library, the Georgia Review, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, the Jekyll Island Museum, and the Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association (GIAHA) has secured commitments from 33 authors of fiction, poetry, children’s literature, history, nature and environmental writing, and books on Southern cuisine. Featured authors will discuss and read excerpts from their recent work, and additional authors will be on hand to sell and autograph their books. Eugenia Price, Eugene O’Neill and Fanny Kemble will be honored posthumously.

Release Date: 5/17/2012
Source: College of Coastal Georgia

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