Marilyn Nelson, poet and professor emeritus of English at the University of Connecticut, read from her work on March 12 in Room 301 of the Science Building.
Nelson is the author of several award-winning collections of poetry, including "The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems"; "Carver: A Life in Poems"; and "The Homeplace." Her books have garnered such honors as two Coretta Scott King Honor Books; the National Book Award; two Pushcart Prizes; the Boston Globe/Hornbook Award; and the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry.
Nelson also is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) creative writing fellowships and the 1990 Connecticut Arts Award from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). Nelson is also the founder and director of the Soul Mountain Retreat in East Haddam, and a former poet laureate for the State of Connecticut (2001-06).