Reading and conversation with Marilyn Nelson, author or translator of seventeen poetry books and the memoir How I Discovered Poetry, and winner of the Robert Frost Medal and Guggenheim and NEA fellowships; and Sonia Sanchez, legendary writer of the Black Arts Movement, author of sixteen books and recipient of awards including the Peace and Freedom Award from the Women International League for Peace and Freedom, the Robert Frost Medal, and the Langston Hughes Poetry Award.
Co-presented by Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures
Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of seventeen poetry books and the memoir How I Discovered Poetry. She is also the author of The Fields Of Praise: New And Selected Poems, which won the 1998 Poets’ Prize, Carver: A Life In Poems, which won the 2001 Boston Globe/Hornbook Award and the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, and Fortune’s Bones, which was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and won the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. Nelson’s honors include two NEA creative writing fellowships, the 1990 Connecticut Arts Award, a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, a fellowship from the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Frost Medal. She was the Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut from 2001-2006.
Sonia Sanchez is a renowned scholar, poet, playwright and activist who has been an influential force in African American literary and political culture for over three decades. One of the most important writers of the Black Arts Movement, Sanchez is the author of sixteen books including Homecoming, We a BaddDDD People, I've Been a Woman: New and Selected Poems, and Shake Loose My Skin.