Marilyn Nelson, faculty member in the MFA in writing for children and young adults program, has won the 2012 Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America. The organization's highest award is presented annually for “distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry.”
Previous winners of this award include Wallace Stevens, Gwendolyn Brooks, Allen Ginsberg, Marianne Moore, and Charles Simic.
Nelson is the author or translator of 14 books, including The Homeplace
and The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems
, both of which were finalists for the National Book Award. Her numerous children’s books include Carver: A Life in Poems
which received the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. It was also a National Book Award finalist, and was designated as both a Newbery Honor Book and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Her young adult book, A Wreath For Emmett Till,
also won the 2005 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and was also designated a 2006 Coretta Scott King Honor Book, a 2006 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, and a 2006 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book.
In addition to her work on the faculty in The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline, Nelson is a professor emerita of English at the University of Connecticut and held the office of Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut from 2001 to 2006.