Fireside Chat


Dr. Trethewey graciously took part recently in Delta State’s ongoing Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series, which is a series of top-flight lectures and addresses that features prominent speakers and is a meaningful program for students and the community.

Natasha is a Mississippi native and received an honorary Doctor of Arts and Letters degree during Delta State’s 2007 fall commencement ceremony. She was last on campus in 2012 to launch her new book of poetry “Thrall.”

“Thrall” was her poetic follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Native Guard,” which also won the 2007 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize. 

Her 2012 visit was also her first Mississippi reading as U.S. Poet Laureate and her first reading after she was officially introduced for the position at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Additionally, Natasha was the 2008 winner of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Mississippi Arts Commission. Her Pulitzer-winning poems feature elements of her personal history as the daughter of interracial parents — and the story of her mother, who died at the age of 40.

In other news on campus, the 5th annual Athletics Trunk-or-Treat event will take place Oct. 27 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Statesmen Park. Each of the sports programs, along with some of Delta State’s student organizations, will host trick-or-treating areas inside the parking lot next to Ferriss Field. The celebration of Delta State’s 90th birthday is coming up with daylong events set for Nov. 3, and the annual Homecoming festivities kick off on Friday, Nov. 6, and culminate with the Homecoming football game at 4 p.m. Saturday against Valdosta State University. Be sure to stay up-to-date with campus news, events and activities by visiting our website www.deltatstate.edu.

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