English Professor Nominated for National Book Award
By Allison Thompson, Office of University Communications
STORRS, Conn. -- English Professor Marilyn Nelson has been
nominated for the National Book Award for her latest book,
Carver: A Life in Poems. The nomination is in the young
people's literature category.
The book tells in verse the story of African-American botanist
and inventor George Washington Carver.
"I was very pleased to be nominated," says Nelson, who
categorizes the National Book Award as one of the more notable book
The nomination is one of several honors Nelson has received this
year. Carver: A Life in Poems was awarded a 2001 Boston
Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature.
The book won in the fiction and poetry category.
"I really believe in this book, particularly because
it's very much fueled by the spirit of George Washington
Carver," Nelson says. "We need to pay more attention to
Nelson received a Guggenheim Fellowship this year and was
recently named Connecticut's Poet Laureate by the Connecticut
Commission on the Arts.
The author of six books of poetry, two children's
collections and several chapbooks, Nelson has often been recognized
for her work. She has received two Pushcart Prizes, two creative
writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and
two individual artist grants from the Connecticut Commission for
the Arts and the 1990 Connecticut Arts Awards. Her book The
Homeplace was a finalist for the 1991 National Book Award and
won the 1992 Annisfield-Wolf Award. Another book, The Fields of
Praise, was a finalist for the 1997 National Book Award, the
PEN Winship Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize, and won the 1998
Nelson has taught at the University of Connecticut since
The National Book Awards will be given out during a ceremony in
Manhattan on Nov. 14. Winners receive $10,000, and runners-up
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