Marilyn Nelson

Marilyn Nelson is the author of Faster Than Light (LSU Press), which won the Milton Kessler Poetry Award. The Homeplace (LSU Press) was a finalist for the National Book Award. The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems (LSU Press) won the Poets’ Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN Winship Award, and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. The Cachoeira Tales and Other Poems (LSU Press) won the L.E. Phillabaum Poetry Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her young adult books include Carver: A Life in Poems (Front Street), which received the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, was a National Book Award finalist, and was designated both a Newbery Honor Book and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Another of her young adult books, A Wreath for Emmett Till (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers), also won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and was designated a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book, and a Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book. She was awarded the Frost Medal in 2012 and was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2013. In 2017, her book My Seneca Village (namelos) won the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and she received the NSK Neustadt Prize in Children’s Literature and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Children's Poetry. Her latest books are How I Discovered Poetry and American Ace. (Photo by Curt Richter)