US Poet Laureate to Speak at Creighton Lecture

Aug 20, 2013

Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey, the 2012 United States Poet Laureate, will speak at Creighton’s Women and Health Lecture on Thursday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m.

Amy Haddad, Director of Center for Health Policy and Ethics at Creighton, says this is the first time the lecture has featured a poet. 

She says Trethewey will read some of her poetry at the event. 

Haddad says Trethewey won the Pulitzer Prize for a collection of poems she wrote called “Native Guard,” about one of the first black regiments in the Civil War.

"She writes about that intersection that is part of her life. She is a mixed race child. Her mother was African-American and her father was white and so a lot of her writing comes from that place of being between two worlds.”

Haddad says the Center for Health Policy and Ethics tries to offer presentations that are not overly academic, but still enriching and engaging for a community audience. 

Creighton University’s Women and Health Lecture is free and open to the public.  For more information, the number is 402-280-2021.