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Marilyn Nelson

Award-winning poet and author

Marilyn Nelson is a poet and author who has written or translated over 24 books. She was awarded the 2012 Frost Medal, the Poetry Society of America’s most prestigious award, for “distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry.” In January 2013, she was elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.

Marilyn’s latest collection of poems is Faster Than Light, winner of the 2013 Milton Kessler Poetry Award. Her many other awards and honors include multiple finalist selections for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Poets’ Prize, and the L.E. Phillabaum Award. Her numerous young adult books include A Wreath for Emmett Till, winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Honor, and the Michael L. Printz Honor.

Marilyn has also been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowships, an ACLS Contemplative Practices Fellowship, the Department of the Army’s Commander’s Award for Public Service, a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She is a professor emerita of English at the University of Connecticut, was founder/director and host of Soul Mountain Retreat, and held the office of Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut from 2001 to 2006.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she is the daughter of a member of the last graduating class of Tuskegee Airmen.

Previous Programs

On Being Gathering

February 16 - 19, 2018

Friday - Monday, 3 nights

Special guests include Seth Godin, Maria Popova, David Whyte, Naomi Shihab Nye, Omid Safi, and Parker Palmer In the audio and digital spaces of On Being, a far-flung cross-section of humanity examines big questions of meaning — What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We’ve long aspired to...