CCT: 2001 - 2006 State Poet Laureate - Marilyn Nelson

Marilyn Nelson  website

State Poet Laureate, 2001-2006

About Marilyn Nelson

{Marilyn Nelson}
Marilyn Nelson is the author of six books of poetry, two children's collections, and several chapbooks. Her work has also appeared in numerous anthologies and literary collections.

Nelson's book, The Homeplace, was a finalist for the 1991 National Book Award and won the 1992 Annisfield-Wolf Award. Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems, was a finalist for the 1997 National Book Award, the PEN Winship Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize, and won the 1998 Poet's Prize. Her work, Carver: A Life in Poems, which movingly tells the story of botanist and inventor George Washington Carver in verse, also received national recognition.

Nelson's honors include two Pushcart Prizes, two creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the 1990 Connecticut Arts Award, and most recently, a Guggenheim Fellowship. She was professor of English at the University of Connecticut in Storrs for over 20 years.

Marilyn Nelson's poems