Marilyn Nelson

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Birthday
26, 1946
Birthplace
Ohio
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Birthday
26, 1946 (age 72)
Birthplace
Ohio

About

American poet, children's author, and translator known for The Homeplace, Mama's Promises, A Wreath for Emmett Till, and other works. She served as Connecticut Poet Laureate in the early 2000s.

Before Fame

She studied at the University of California-Davis, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Minnesota.

Trivia

She founded a Connecticut writers' colony called Soul Mountain Retreat.

Family Life

The daughter of a teacher and a United States Air Force serviceman, she grew up on various military bases.

Associated With

She received the Poetry Society of America's Frost Medal, an honor named for the renowned poet Robert Frost.