Marilyn Nelson on Poetic Technique



UConn Professor Emerita, former Connecticut Poet Laureate, and 2012 Frost Medal recipient Marilyn Nelson spoke to writers about rhyme, scansion of meter, and poetic form on September 16.

Nelson, a three-time finalist for the National Book Award, has authored or translated fifteen books for adults and young readers. Her works for children usually address African-American history. A two-time winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, and frequent Coretta Scott King Honor Book selection, Nelson won the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. Her acclaimed titles for young readers include: Carver: A Life in Poems, Fortune’s Bones, A Wreath for Emmett Till, The Freedom Business, Miss Crandall’s School for Young Ladies & Little Misses of Color, and Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World. Her memoir, How I Discovered Poetry, a series of 50 poems about growing up in a military family, was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2014.

Nelson has earned numerous honors including NEA, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Fellowships. She actually won the Department of the Army’s Commander’s Award for Public Service. In 2012, she won the most prestigious award given by the Poetry Society of America, The Frost Medal.

Her session was sponsored by the Rightors Fund for Children’s Literature.

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