Furious Flower

Marilyn Nelson - poetry reading

Mon, 1 Nov 2010 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

The Furious Flower Poetry Center hosts a poetry reading by Marilyn Nelson.

About the Poet

Marilyn Nelson was born on April 26, 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio. She earned her B.A. from the University of California-Davis, a M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1979. She is professor emeritus of English at the University of Connecticut and the founder and director of Soul Mountain Retreat. She was Poet Laureate of Connecticut from 2001-2006. Marilyn Nelson is an American poet, translator and children's book author. She is the author or translator of twelve books and three chapbooks.

Her book The Homeplace won the 1992 Annisfield-Wolf Award and was the finalist for the 1991 National Book Award. The Fields of Praise: New And Selected Poems won the 1998 Poets' Prize and was a finalist for the 1997 National Book Award, the PEN Winship Award, and the Lenore Marshal Prize. Fortune's Bones was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and won the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry.

Her honors include two NEA creative writing fellowships, the 1990 Connecticut Arts Award, an A.C.L.S. Contemplative Practices Fellowship, a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, three honorary doctorates, and a fellowship from the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation along with numerous awards received for other published works.

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