Interviewed by: Michelle Boisseau
Catalog Number: 20010221, 20000112
Proclaimed by critic Kirkland Jones as “one of the major voices of a younger generation of black poets,” Marilyn Nelson is the author of several collections of poetry and has won two Pushcart Prizes. Her 1997 book, The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems, won the Poets’ Prize and was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and the National Book Award. In the first part of this two part interview, she talks about the development of her work and her use of poetic form.
We go to the archives to revisit a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century's Phyllis Wheatley and concluding with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. This show also features the late Margaret Walk...
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