I would like to welcome Natasha Trethewey as our new Mississippi Poet Laureate for 2012-2016. I am thrilled to have met her and that I was able to hear her read her wonderful poetry. We are even more excited that she is now our US Poet Laureate! Go Mississippi! Her poetry books include her newest, Beyond Katrina and Native Guard, which won her a Pulitzer Prize. The book explores a black Civil War regiment assigned to guard white Confederate soldiers held on Ship Island off Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. You can read about her here.