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YHC’s Annual Reece Lecture to Feature Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Natasha Trethewey

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310,

Young Harris College’s Annual Reece Lecture to Feature Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Natasha Trethewey

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The annual Reece Lecture at Young Harris College will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and creative nonfiction author Natasha Trethewey on Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center on the Young Harris College campus. A book signing will follow the lecture. Presented by the Division of Humanities, the event is free and open to the public.

Trethewey will also participate in a question-and-answer session earlier in the day at 3 p.m. in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center. This event is also free and open to the public.

A native of Gulfport, Miss., Trethewey is the author of three collections of poetry:Domestic Work, Bellocq's Ophelia and Native Guard, which won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. She is also the author of the creative nonfiction book Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Her fourth collection of poetry, Thrall, will be released this fall.

Trethewey’s poetry has received many accolades over the years including the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize and Lillian Smith Award for Poetry. Her work has appeared in several volumes of The Best American Poetry and many journals and anthologies such as American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, New England Review and The Southern Review.

Trethewey earned a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia, an M.A. in English and creative writing from Hollins University and an M.F.A in poetry from the University of Massachusetts. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

She was appointed Mississippi Poet Laureate this year and currently serves as Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University. She is the recipient of the 2008 Mississippi Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and was named the 2008 Georgia Woman of the Year. She was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 2009, and was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2011.

The Byron Herbert Reece Lecture Series was established in 1966 in memory of noted poet and YHC alumnus and former instructor Byron Herbert Reece, ’40. This lecture series honors his memory and contributions to the world of letters by bringing noted writers to campus. Past visiting writers award-winning poet and author Enid Shomer, former Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins and former Poet Laureate of Georgia Bettie Sellers.

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For more information about this event, call (706) 379-5262.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit