Thursday, October 24, 4:00 PM
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 121 Wall Street
Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series
Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of more than twenty collections of poetry for adults and children. In 1992 Nelson’s book The Homeplace won the Annisfield-Wolf Award and was a finalist for the 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 Marshall Prize. Her young adult book, A Wreath For Emmett Till, won the 2005 Boston Globe Horn Book Award and was a 2006 Coretta Scott King Honor Book, a 2006 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, and a 2006 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book. She has been awarded two NEA creative writing fellowships, the 2019 Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the 1990 Connecticut Arts Award, a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, a fellowship from the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Poetry Society of America’s Frost Medal for “distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry.” A more complete list of Nelson’s achievements can be found online here: Marilyn Nelson biography. Examples of Nelson’s work can be found online at the Poetry Foundation.
Nelson will be introduced by Kassidi Jones, a Yale University graduate student studying African American women’s poetry.