Thrall, Natasha Tretheway’s 2007 Pulitzer Prize winning poetry collection, presents highly crafted lyric poems probing ideas about mixed race—historical and biographical as well as global and local. In this class, we’ll discuss the collection’s themes and look closely at the way the poet incorporates ekphrasis as a poetic technique. Tretheway, a master formalist, is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation, and served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014). To get the most out of our discussion, please read the book in advance and bring your copy for a lively, interactive conversation.
Malin Pereira, Professor of English and Dean of the Honors College at UNC Charlotte, earned her Ph.D. in English at University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a minor in Afro-American Studies. Following early work on Toni Morrison, her scholarship and teaching have focused on contemporary Black poetry. Her books include Rita Dove's Cosmopolitanism and Into a Light Both Brilliant and Unseen: Conversations with Contemporary Black Poets. Her most recent publications are on Thylias Moss and Natasha Trethewey. Work in progress includes "A Black Cosmopolitan Poetics" for Cambridge University Press and "Contemporary Black Poets on Phillis Wheatley Peters."
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