Spring 2019 Issue Celebration Featuring Pulitzer Prize–winning Poet Natasha Trethewey & 2018 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize Recipient Ama Codjoe

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Join us on Friday, May 31, to celebrate our Spring 2019 issue with a reading and reception featuring poets Natasha Trethewey and Ama Codjoe. Open to the public free of charge, this event will take place in the Georgia Museum of Art auditorium at 7:00 p.m. with a reception to follow in the museum’s Grand Hall. Copies of Trethewey’s books and The Georgia Review will be available for purchase, and ASL interpretation will be provided. The reception will also include live music and light refreshments.

Natasha Trethewey served as the final judge for The Georgia Review’s sixth annual Loraine Williams Poetry Prize competition in 2018, selecting Codjoe’s “Etymology of a Mood” as the winner of the $1,000 award. The poem appears as the lead piece in the Spring 2019 GR.

Trethewey, a distinguished graduate of the University of Georgia, served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012–14). She is the author of five collections of poetry: Monument (2018), which was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award; Thrall (2012)Native Guard (2006)for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002); and Domestic Work (2000), chosen by Rita Dove as the winner of the inaugural Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African American poet. Trethewey’s book of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, appeared in 2010. After many years of teaching at Emory University, she is currently a Board of Trustees Professor of English in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. Her poetry has appeared in The Georgia Review several times since 2012.

Ama Codjoe was raised in Youngstown, Ohio, with roots in Memphis and Accra. She has been awarded support for her writing from the Cave Canem, Saltonstall, Jerome, and Robert Rauschenberg foundations, and also from Crosstown Arts, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Hedgebrook, and the MacDowell Colony. Codjoe’s recent poems have appeared in Gulf Coast Online, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Callaloo, and she is the recipient of a 2017 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award.

This event is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Georgia Museum of Art.

The Georgia Museum of Art is located at 90 Carlton St., Athens, GA 30602. Maps and directions are available at georgiamuseum.org. Attendees may park for free in the UGA Performing Arts Complex deck.