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3/27/2017 - A Poetry Reading / Talk With Poet Marilyn Nelson on April 24, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE, March 27, 2017, Southbury, CT


In recognition of National Poetry Month, Marilyn Nelson will read and discuss her poetry on Monday, April 24th at 7:00pm in the Southbury Public Library’s Kingsley Room. There will be a question and answer period followed by a book signing. Copies of books for sale will be provided by Hickory Stick Bookshop.

Marilyn Nelson, a three-time finalist for the National Book Award, is one of America’s most celebrated poets. She is the author or translator of seventeen poetry books for adults and children, five chapbooks, and in 2014, she published a memoir, named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2014, entitled How I Discovered Poetry- a series of 50 poems about growing up in the 1950s in a military family, each poem stamped with a place and date from the many places they lived.

One of her many poetry collections, The Homeplace won the 1992 Anisfield-Wolf Award and was a finalist for the 1991 National Book Award and 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. The poems in this collection embrace numerous themes including the changing nature of love, motherhood, marriage, racism, and domesticity. Carver: A Life in Poems won the 2001 Boston Globe/Hornbook Award and the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award, a Newbery Honor Book, and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Fortune’s Bones, was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and won the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. Her young adult book A Wreath for Emmett Till won the Boston Globe /Horn Book Award and was a 2006 Coretta Scott King Honor Book, 2006 Michael L. Printz Honor Book and a 2006 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor book.

Marilyn Nelson’s honors include two NEA creative writing fellowships, the 1990 Connecticut Arts Award, the Department of the Army’s Commander’s Award for Public Service, 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 is professor emerita of English at the University of Connecticut and held the office of Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut from 2001-2006.

Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. The program is part of the Lu Burke literary series and sponsored by the Library Gift Fund. As space is limited, please register at the Reference Desk or by calling 203-262-0626 x 130.


Contact: Shirley Thorson
Head Librarian
Southbury Public Library
203-262-0626 ext. 140