By Howard Pousner
Pulitzer Prize winning poet and Emory professor Natasha Trethewey, named U.S. poet laureate for for 2012-13 in June, is writing a memoir.
Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins, announced on Monday that it had acquired the rights to the still-to-be-titled memoir. The book is expected to be published in 2014.
A Mississippi native, Trethewey, 46, is the daughter of a white father and black mother. The memoir will tell of her childhood in the South in the 1970s and ’80s, according to the publisher.
Trethewey, who won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2007 for her collection “Native Guard,” starts her one-year term as the 19th poet laureate this fall. She also will be the keynote speaker at the AJC Decatur Book Festival over Labor Day weekend.
A Trethewey poetry collection, “Thrall,” is expected out later this year.