Great Writers, Great Readings Presents Marilyn Nelson

Hofstra University’s Department of English and the M.F.A. in Creative Writing present the ninth annual Great Writers, Great Readings Series at Hofstra. Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of 15 books and five chapbooks. Her book The Homeplace won the 1992 Anisfield-Wolf Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems won the Poets’ Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN/Winship Award, and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Carver: A Life in Poems won the 2001 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, was a Newbery Honor Book and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Fortune’s Bones was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and won the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. Her young adult book A Wreath for Emmett Till won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Her newest collection is The Freedom Business (2008). Ms. Nelson is a professor emerita of English at the University of Connecticut. She was the poet laureate of the state of Connecticut from 2001 to 2006.

This event will take place in the Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus.

All Great Writers, Great Readings events are free and open to the public.

Great Writers, Great Readings was launched by Hofstra University in recognition of the importance of writing and literature in a liberal arts education. In addition to a baccalaureate degree in English, Hofstra currently offers an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and an M.A. in English. The program's faculty include playwright Erik Brogger, author Julia Markus and two Guggenheim Fellows: novelist Martha McPhee and poet Phillis Levin.

For more information, please call 516-463-5410 or visit

Monday, April 22, 2013


Free and open to the public



Cultural Center Theater - Leo A. Guthart
Guthart Cultural Center Theater
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


Phone: 516-463-5410
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