Poet Marilyn Nelson to read on campus

Marilyn Nelson

Tarleton State University

Thursday, February 21, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Former poet laureate of Connecticut Marilyn Nelson will be featured in a reading at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, in O.A. Grant Humanities Building Room 116 on the Tarleton State University campus in Stephenville.

The presentation, which is open to the public, is part of the university’s Speaker Symposium Lecture Series with Nelson serving as the provost’s diversity speaker in conjunction with Women’s History Month. She will read selections from her new book, Faster Than Light.

Nelson is the author or translator of 15 books and five chapbooks. Image Journal writes, “American history as conceived by Marilyn Nelson is the inside-out, last-shall-be-first version. She inhabits the voices of the overlooked and disenfranchised and shines light into forgotten corners that reveal essential truths about the whole.”

“The Speaker Symposium committee is thrilled to have Marilyn Nelson come to our campus. Not only is she an award-winning poet but she is also an outstanding teacher-scholar,” said Dr. Marcy Tanter, associate professor of English and chair of the committee. “As the daughter of a Tuskegee airman and as an African-American woman who came of age in the 20th century, Ms. Nelson is acutely sensitive to history and how people are connected to the places from which they come. As our speaker for Women’s History Month, she is a fine example of the success a woman can achieve through hard work and tenacity.”

Nelson’s book, The Homeplace won the 1992 Annisfield-Wolf Award and was a finalist for the 1991 National Book Award. Additional honors include two National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowships, the 1990 Connecticut Arts Award, an American Council of Learned Societies Contemplative Practices Fellowship, the Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service, a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, and a fellowship from the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Nelson was also named the 2012 recipient of the Frost Medal, the highest award given by the Poetry Society of America, for “distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry.”

This year, Nelson was also elected to the board of chancellors of the Academy of American Poets. She is one of 14 board members who serve as ambassadors of poetry to the world at large.

Nelson is a professor emerita of English at the University of Connecticut, and held the office of poet laureate of the state of Connecticut from 2001-2006.

She earned her bachelor of arts from the University of California-Davis, and holds postgraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (M.A., 1970) and the University of Minnesota (Ph.D., 1979).


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

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