Marilyn Nelson poetry reading

  • on 16 Jan 2014
  • Gailor Auditorium
marilyn nelson

Marilyn Nelson is the award-winning author of a dozen volumes of poetry in addition to a number of children's books and translations. She will be on campus to receive an honorary degree during Convocation on January 17, and will give a reading from her work at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. Some of the readings will be accompanied by jazz musician Prakash Wright. Come early to hear Wright set the mood with music starting at 3:50 p.m.

Nelson's books include The Homeplace, The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems, and Carver: A Life in Poems. Her book A Wreath for Emmett Till presents 15 interlinked sonnets to pay tribute to Emmitt Till, a 14-year-old African American boy who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 for whistling at a white woman, and whose murderers were acquitted. Nelson served as the Connecticut Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2006, and she is currently Poet-in-Residence at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City. She taught at Sewanee as a Brown Foundation Fellow during the 2011 Easter semester, co-creating a course that addressed poetry, spirituality, and the environment. She has received many honors, including two Boston-Horn Book Awards, the Poet’s Prize, the Printz Honor Award, three Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, and the 2012 Poetry Society of America’s Frost Medal for her “distinguished lifetime service to American poetry.”