By CAROLE GOLDBERG
Courant Books Editor
December 4 2006
Marilyn Nelson, who completes her term as Connecticut's poet laureate this month, told the audience at the Connecticut Book Awards Sunday she was "grateful and humbled" by receiving the Lifetime Achievement in Service to the Literary Community honor, but felt she was "getting an award for breathing - for something I could not not do."
"Poets are dreamers and live in the imagination," Nelson said. "My achievements are really blessings for being in the right place at the right time. It's odd to be honored for being blessed."