Natasha Trethewey served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012–2014). She is the author of four collections of poetry, Domestic Work (2000), Bellocq's Ophelia (2002), Native Guard (2006)—for which she was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize—and, most recently, Thrall (2012). Her book of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, appeared in 2010. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she is the Board of Trustees Professor of English and Creative Writing at Northwestern University. She lives in Illinois.