Jack points to this AP interview with U.S. Poet Laureate and Decatur resident Natasha Trethewey featured on the AJC’s Access Atlanta site. Here’s a blurb to get you started…
Natasha Trethewey smashes stereotypes about poets. She’s not stuffy. Or shy. Or aloof.
As U.S. poet laureate, the 46-year-old describes herself as a “cheerleader” for the written word. She chooses the label deliberately, not only because she was head cheerleader at the University of Georgia in the late 1980s (Big hair! Big smile!), but also because, as a younger laureate, she wants to bring a sense of energy to the position.
“I want to ask ordinary people if poetry can mean something to them,” Trethewey told The Associated Press during an interview at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss.