Natasha Trethewey to Keynote at NCADV's 2020 Conference

Today the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) announced the keynote speaker for its 19th national conference on domestic violence, Recognizing (Y)Our Power, will be former two-time  Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. Her keynote address will take place on Tuesday, October 27th at 1:30pm EDT and will be streamed to attendees.

“As a survivor and advocate, having Ms. Tretheway speak to our audience from her perspective and experience is exciting,” said Ruth M. Glenn, NCADV President/CEO. “I look forward to hearing her reawaken passion and inspiration for conference attendees.  Her books and poetry  are testament to the passion and strength of everyone who experiences challenges and then strives to make the world better. I am so thrilled for all to hear from this remarkable woman.”


NCADV’s national conference on domestic violence occurs annually and brings together survivors, advocates, allies, first-responders, and others who work with victims and survivors of domestic violence. The lineup of forty workshops encompasses a number of topics, including anti-oppression and racial justice, changing systems, resilience and self-care, and advocacy for victims during the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, due to the pandemic, the event will be broadcast from St. Louis, Missouri to attendees, marking the first time in the event’s forty-year history for it to be hosted as a fully virtual event.

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About Natasha Trethewey
Natasha Trethewey served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014). She is the author of five collections of poetry, Monument (2018), which was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award; Thrall (2012); Native Guard (2006), for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002); and Domestic Work (2000), which was selected by Rita Dove as the winner of the inaugural Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African American poet and won both the 2001 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize and the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Poetry. She is also the author of the memoir Memorial Drive (2020). Her book of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, appeared in 2010. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. At Northwestern University she is a Board of Trustees Professor of English in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. In 2012 she was named Poet Laureate of the State of Mississippi, and in 2013 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

About The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) envisions a national culture in which we are all safe, empowered and free from domestic violence. NCADV’s mission is to lead, mobilize and raise our voices to support efforts that demand a change of conditions that lead to domestic violence such as patriarchy, privilege, racism, sexism, and classism. We are dedicated to supporting survivors, holding offenders accountable and supporting advocates. For more information, visit To learn more about and register for the 2020 conference, visit

Posted by Lynn Brewer at 06:00
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