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Wednesday, October 21 • 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Memorial Drive: Natasha Trethewey with Tonya M. Foster

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Co-presented by Museum of the African Diaspora. This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers.

“Haunting, powerful, and painfully stunning...Trethewey writes the unimaginable truth with a clear-eyed courage that proves, once again, that she’s one of the nation’s best writers.” —Ada Limón, author of Bright Dead Things and NBCC award-winner The Carrying

At age 19, Natasha Trethewey had her world turned upside down when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother. Grieving and still new to adulthood, she confronted the twin pulls of life and death in the aftermath of unimaginable trauma and now explores the way this experience lastingly shaped the artist she became.
The new memoir Memorial Drive, by the Pulitzer Prize–winning U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, moves through her mother’s history in the deeply segregated South and through her own girlhood as a “child of miscegenation” in Mississippi, plumbing her sense of dislocation and displacement in the lead-up to the harrowing crime that took place on Memorial Drive in Atlanta in 1985. An instant New York Times bestseller, Memorial Drive is a compelling and searching look at a shared human experience of sudden loss and absence, but also a piercing glimpse at the enduring ripple effects of white racism and domestic abuse. In conversation with poet and professor Tonya M. Foster. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Natasha Trethewey

Pulitzer Prize-winner Natasha Trethewey served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014). In his citation, Librarian of Congress James Billington wrote, “Her poems dig beneath the surface of history—personal or communal, from childhood or from a century... Read More →
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Tonya M. Foster

Poet, essayist, and educator Tonya M. Foster is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court, and the bilingual chapbook La Grammaire des Os; the chapbook A History of the Bitch (forthcoming, Sputnik and Fizzle, 2020); and co-editor of Third Mind: Creative Writing through Visual... Read More →

Wednesday October 21, 2020 5:00pm - 6:15pm PDT