Poet Marilyn Nelson inspires University community
Feb. 6, 2013 - Marilyn Nelson, Connecticut's poet laureate from 2001-2006, read from her work during an open dialogue on creativity and the arts on Feb. 5 in the Carl Hansen Student Center.
This event was sponsored by the Quinnipiac Bookstore and the English Department in the College of Arts and Sciences. View more photos from the reading on our Facebook page.
Of her work, Poet Mark Doty writes, "Nelson's bold and sure poems long for heaven and-happily for us-continue a lifelong affair with the occasions of earth."
Among Nelson's books are: "The Homeplace;" "The Fields of Praise, Carver;" "Fortune's Bones;" "Miss Crandall's School," which she wrote with Elizabeth Alexander; "The Freedom Business;" "Sweethearts of Rhythm;" and "A Wreath for Emmett Till."
Nelson's honors include two National Education Association creative writing fellowships, the 1990 Connecticut Arts Award, a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, a fellowship from the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Frost Medal, the Poetry Society of America's most prestigious award, for a "distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry."
Nelson's reading was part of the annual poetry tour of the Connecticut Poetry Circuit, which also sponsors readings by Connecticut student poets each spring.