Media Advisory: Former U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey to receive Troy University's Hall-Waters Prize

Posted: Thursday, 21 April 2016

Saturday, April 23, 5 p.m.: Troy University will present the Hall-Waters Prize to former U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey during a reception at the Young House in Old Alabama Town in downtown Montgomery at 5 p.m. on Saturday in conjunction with the Alabama Book Festival. The Hall-Waters Prize was endowed by late TROY alumnus Dr. Wade Hall, an author, former member of the faculty at the University of Florida and professor emeritus of English at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. Dr. Hall died in September. Dr. Hall, a native of Bullock County, endowed the prize as a memorial to his parents, Wade Hall Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Waters Hall.

The program will include remarks from Dr. Jean Laliberte, Troy University's associate vice chancellor of development, Mrs. Janice Hawkins, Troy University First Lady, Gregg Swem, friend and former literary partner of Dr. Wade Hall, Dr. Kirk Curnutt, Chair of the University's English Department, and Ms. Trethewey, the recipient.

In addition, Ms. Trethewey will present during the Alabama Book Festival from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the South Tent venue, discussing her career and the state of American letters with scholar Lauren Rule Maxwell, associate professor of English at the Citadel, who will include a chapter on Trethewey's work in an upcoming book.

A press release about the Award is available at For additional information, contact Andy Ellis, 334-268-9983