Natasha Trethewey, a VQR contributing editor, is the author of four poetry collections and a book of creative nonfiction. Her honors include the Pulitzer Prize, for Native Guard (Mariner, 2007), and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2012, she was appointed US Poet Laureate. Her most recent collection of poems is Thrall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012). A native of Gulfport, Mississippi, she is the Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair and professor of poetry at Emory University.