Join us for the 10th Annual NOMMO African American Author Series, featuring poet Marilyn Nelson and host Alexs Pate at Cowles Auditorium. The evening will include readings, a discussion between Nelson and Pate, and time for questions from the audience.
Poet Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of fifteen books and five chapbooks. Of her many collections, “The Homeplace” won the 1992 Annisfield-Wolf Award and was a finalist for the 1991 National Book Award. “The Fields Of Praise: New And Selected Poems” won the 1998 Poets’ Prize and was a finalist for the 1997 National Book Award, the PEN Winship Award, and the Lenore Marshall Prize.
The poems in this collection embrace numerous themes, including the changing nature of love, racism, motherhood, marriage, and domesticity. “Carver: A Life In Poems” won the 2001 Boston Globe/Hornbook Award and the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award, a Newbery Honor Book, and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. “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 2005 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and was a 2006 Coretta Scott King Honor Book, a 2006 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, and a 2006 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book. “The Cachoiera Tales And Other Poems” won the L.E. Phillabaum Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award.
She has also published collections of verse for children including: “Snook Alone,” a picture-book illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering; “Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World,” illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; “The Freedom Business: Including A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, a Native of Africa;” “The Cat Walked through the Casserole and Other Poems for Children” (with Pamela Espeland); and “Halfdan Rasmussen’s Hundreds of Hens and Other Poems for Children,” which she translated from Danish with Pamela Espeland. In 2012, “Faster Than Light: New and Selected Poems” and “Ostrich and Lark,” a picture-book illustrated by San (Bushman) artists, were published.
Alexs Pate, author of “Amistad,” is a nationally published commentator and avid performance artist. He resides in Minneapolis.
This event is sponsored by the Givens Foundation for African American Literature and the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Photo by: Derek Dudek