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ATLANTA -- U.S. Poet Laureate and Emory University faculty member Natasha Trethewey has been named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Emory announced the appointment this week. The 2013 class is set to be inducted at a ceremony on Oct. 12 at the Academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.

Emory Provost Claire Sterk calls Trethewey a dedicated and gifted teacher.

Trethewey is the director of the university's creative writing program. She is also serving as the 19th Poet Laureate and is in residence through May 2013 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Trethewey is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection "Native Guard," which was published in 2006, as well as several other poetry collections and a book of creative nonfiction.

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