Natasha Trethewey Named Poet Laureate – News Releases (Library of Congress)

English: Pulitzer Prize winning poet Natasha T...
English: Pulitzer Prize winning poet Natasha Trethewey signs a copy of her book Native Gaurd at the University of Michigan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced the appointment of Natasha Trethewey as the Library’s Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2012-2013.

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I am sure you have heard this news already, and I cannot even recall on whose blog I first saw this, but I’ve been being lazy these last few days, doing lots of reading rather than writing, and experimenting with web tools like Pinterest and I think I prefer the magazine style of, but I haven’t  quite figured out the best way to share information there to the blog.

For instance, if you click on the topic above, Poetry On the Sidewalk, you’ll find the articles that I read (sometimes skimmed, because many were working off the same press release), and some audio, as well as a short collection of poems. These are all about the newly appointed US Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway. James Billington of the Library of Congress appointed her on Thursday to succeed Phillip Levine. She steps into the position officially in September.

I like her. I like her poetry style, and I’m very interested in her historian approach to the Laureate position. What are your thoughts? Have you read her before? Are you surprised the latest poet to be US Laureate is so young?

And what are your thoughts on websites like Pinterest and Have you used these services, and for what? Have you any good ideas how to use these tools to curate content for your blog? Each of the articles on my page, by the way, I am capable of editing in the thumbnails, and making my own commentary. If this could easily be integrated into the blog here, instead of just linked to, I would find it very helpful. As it is, I am just bumbling along and trying to learn, and decide if something like this could really be fun for both you and me.

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