“I thought I was going to burst,” Trethewey said. “I couldn’t tell my father or my brother, no one in my family.”
Reached by phone Wednesday afternoon, she was at her Decatur home officially celebrating the news with her husband, father and brother, by sharing a bottle of champagne with them on her back porch.
“You know, when you win the Pulitzer, people tell you that you now know what the first line of your obituary will be,” Trethewey said. “When I met with the people at the library of Congress a few weeks ago, they told me now you know the line that will replace that Pulitzer line.”
A graduate of the University of Georgia, where she received her B.A. in English, Trethewey a is currently the Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory. Earlier this year she was also named Poet Laureate of Mississippi.