Enjoy an Evening of Poetry in Hill-Stead’s Libraries
Marilyn Nelson will perform at this unique Live Poets Society event. All proceeds from An Eve of Poetry will benefit The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. This is a rare opportunity to experience Marilyn Nelson in the intimate setting of Hill-Stead’s period rooms.
5:30 Wine and hors d’oeuvres
6:15 Live piano music
6:40 Readings from Hill-Stead’s poetry collection
7:00 Poetry reading by Marilyn Nelson
Tickets, $100 per person.
- Seating is extremely limited.
- Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.
- Check back to purchase tickets.
- Join Live Poets Society at Enthusiast Level or above and your tickets are on the house! The Live Poetry Society is a special circle of poetry lovers. To join, see Make a Gift to Hill-Stead. For more information, see Live Poets Society Benefits 2017.
Marilyn Nelson, born in Cleveland, Ohio, is the daughter of a member of the last graduating class of Tuskegee Airmen. Her mother was a teacher. She is the author or translator of over twenty-four books. Marilyn’s latest collection of poems is Faster Than Light, winner of the 2013 Milton Kessler Poetry Award. The Homeplace was a finalist for the National Book Award. The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems won the 1998 Poets’ Prize and was a finalist for the 1997 National Book Award, the PEN Winship Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize. The Cachoiera Tales and Other Poems won the L.E. Phillabaum Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award.
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 and a fellowship from the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Nelson is a professor emerita of English at the University of Connecticut, was founder/director and host of Soul Mountain Retreat and was Poet Laureate of Connecticut from 2001 to 2006. Marilyn was awarded the 2012 Frost Medal, the Poetry Society of America’s most prestigious award, for “distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry.” In January 2013 she was elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.