Natasha Trethewey, the U.S. Poet Laureate and I. A fun thing was the way a lot of white people were shifting in their seats and uncomfortable when she was reading poems about miscegenation laws, racism in the south, and racist ideals about black people.
She is bi-racial, too. She was talking about how her father (white) believed that he somehow made her better simply by ‘giving’ her his genes. She wrote about that and she broke him out of that thinking.
I loved that she said that a person may be redeemed simply by trying to learn other than what they know.
I was very inspired. I told her about the fact that I just met my biological father and how truly, I am not supposed to know him. It was my white mother’s racist parents plan for me to never in life know him. They expected him to be dead by now.
She told me that she expects me to be writing about it and that she looks forward to reading it.