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Creighton Lecture to Feature United States Poet Laureate

The 2012 United States Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey, brings her unique perspective of the intersections and connections of personal and public history to Omaha this fall, as the featured speaker of Creighton University's Center for Health Policy and Ethics 23rd Women and Health Lecture. The free lecture will be on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 at the Joslyn Art Museum, Witherspoon Concert Hall.

A native of Gulfport, Miss., Trethewey is the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States and the author of four collections of poetry in which she seeks to explore the private moments of our lives by placing them into a broader context of history. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning Native Guard, for example, traces the link between her family history and the time period between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement in her home state. Domestic Work, Bellocq's Ophelia and Thrall also view individual moments through a broader context.

"This focus on the 'historical imagination' is a way to move beyond immediate experience in order to discover the larger implications of our lives within the continuum of history," Trethewey explains.

She also authored a book of non-fiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and published dozens of poems in various journals. A memoir is forthcoming this year.

Trethewey is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. At Emory University, she is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing.

The 23rd Women and Health Lecture is sponsored by Creighton University Women in Medicine and Science, Creighton University Committee on the Status of Women and Creighton University College of Nursing, as well as Alegent Creighton Health, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, Humanities Nebraska and Nebraska Arts Council. Additional partners include The Bookworm, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha Public Library and Physicians Mutual.

Registration for the free lecture will open on Monday, July 29 at For more information, please call 402.280.2021.

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