JACKSON, Miss. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey read from her works Thursday at Jackson State University. Many of Trethewey poems are about her own personal life growing up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with a black mother and white father.
“Not being a native Mississippian myself, she has given me a history lesson. And being a mulatto individual myself, a lot of her poems speak about me and to me. When she speaks of what her parents said to her growing up, I can hear my parent’s voices. So it’s very personal,” said Dr. Everette Neasman, who was one of dozens on hand to hear Trethewey.
Trethewey is a Gulfport native; and is the first person to ever serve as a state and U.S. Poet Laureate simultaneously.