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Marilyn Nelson Announced as Spring 2017 Harman Writer-in-Residence

Marilyn Nelson


New York, NY -February 28, 2017-Award-winning poet, author, and translator Marilyn Nelson, most recently winner of the 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature, is the Spring 2017 Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence at Baruch College’s Weissman School of Arts and Sciences. Recognized by World Literature Today as one of “America’s most powerful literary voices,” Nelson is teaching “The Rag and Bones: A Poetry Workshop” during the semester. Nelson, who is a three-time finalist for the National Book Award, has won two Pushcart Prizes, two Yaddo residencies, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and the 2012 Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America. A professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, Nelson was Connecticut’s poet laureate from 2001 to 2006. She was elected as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2013, a position that she still holds today.

A recipient of numerous awards, Nelson is the author or translator of 17 books of poetry, including The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems, which won the 1998 Poet’s Prize; Carver: A Life In Poems, a 2001 Boston Globe/ Hornbook Award and Flora Steiglitz Award Winner;  and a memoir How I Discovered Poetry. Her 2004 publication Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem was honored with the Coretta Scott King Award and the Lion and The Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry.

Nelson, whose mother was a teacher, is also the daughter of one of the last of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-Americans who were trained to fly and maintain combat aircraft during World War II. She spent much of her youth living on different military bases and began writing poetry in elementary school. Nelson received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Davis and holds an MA from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from the University of Minnesota.


About the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program

Founded by Roslyn Bernstein in 1998 and endowed by alumnus Sidney Harman (’39), the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program brings distinguished poets, playwrights, novelists, journalists, and critics to Baruch’s campus each semester. The Harman Program relies on an intense workshop design, where visiting writers teach small classes and hold individual conferences. Students are encouraged to hone their personal styles and to find their own creative voices. The writer-in-residence leads master classes in poetry, fiction, journalism, creative non-fiction, playwriting, and criticism. The program sponsors readings at the Baruch College literary salon that are open to all students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. Throughout the semester students participate in writing competitions that are judged by the writer-in-residence with winners receiving prizes and the honor of seeing their work published in Encounters, the college’s literary magazine.



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