Workshop Focus

This workshop is intended for poets of all levels. Through exercises and readings we will explore both the formal mechanics and the feeling heart of the poetry of praise. Emphasis will be on generating new work.


This workshop is full. Click here to join the waitlist.
Please submit three poems and a very brief note outlining your expectations for the workshop. Submissions should be a single file in .doc format with the title “NelsonSub_YourName.doc”

About Marilyn Nelson

Marilyn Nelson is one of America’a most celebrated poets. She is a three-time finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Newbery and Coretta Scott King honors, among others. She is the author or translator of fifteen poetry books for adults and children, five chapbooks, and in 2013 she published a memoir entitled How I Discovered Poetry—a series of 50 poems about growing up in the 1950s in a military family, each poem stamped with a place and date from the many places they lived.

Her honors include two NEA creative writing fellowships, the 1990 Connecticut Arts Award, an A.C.L.S. Contemplative Practices Fellowship, the Department of the Army’s Commander’s Award for Public Service, a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, a fellowship from the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Frost Medal—the Poetry Society of America’s most prestigious award, for a “distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry.” Nelson is a professor emerita of English at the University of Connecticut; was founder/director and host of Soul Mountain Retreat from 2004-2010; and held the office of Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut from 2001-2006.
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