American poet who was appointed United States Poet Laureate in 2012. She received the Pulitzer Prize for a 2006 poetry collection entitled Native Guard; her other works include Bellocq's Ophelia and Thrall.
She earned her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Georgia and went on to obtain a master's degree in English and Creative Writing from Hollins University (in Virginia).
She served as director of the Emory University Creative Writing Program.
Her father, Eric Trethewey, also had a career as a poet. Her mother, Gwendolyn Ann Turnbough, was murdered in 1985.
She succeeded Philip Levine as United States Poet Laureate.