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The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation Distinguished Speakers Series Presents An Evening with Natasha Trethewey: Natasha Trethewey Interviewed by Danzy Senna

On November 1, 2022, the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation Distinguished Speakers Series welcomed Natasha Trethewey to the University of Southern California. In conjunction with USC Visions & Voices, Trethewey appeared at Bovard Auditorium where, after reading from her memoir Memorial Drive, she discussed race, identity, literature, and loss with Associate Professor of English Danzy Senna, an Air/Light editor-at-large.

Air/Light is pleased to present a video of this interview.

Danzy Senna Danzy Senna is the author of five critically acclaimed books of fiction and nonfiction. Her first novel, "Caucasia," won the Book of the Month Award for First Fiction and the American Library Association’s Alex Award. Her other books include the memoir "Where Did You Sleep Last Night? A Personal History" and the novel "New People." Senna is a recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and the recipient of the Dos Passos Prize for Literature. She has written for "The New Yorker," "The New York Times," and "Vogue," among other publications.

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Natasha Trethewey Natasha Trethewey served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014). She is the author of five collections of poetry, including "Native Guard" (2006)—for which she was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize—and, most recently, "Monument: Poems New and Selected" (2018); a book of nonfiction, "Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast" (2010); and a memoir, "Memorial Drive" (2020), an instant New York Times Bestseller.

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