Wed., July 22, 2009
IS MARILYN NELSON READY?
DATELINE BIRDLAND, aka SUNKEN GARDEN -- Diane Tucker, Estate Naturalist for the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT, reports an onslaught of birds and various wildlife this season at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival.
Was it all the rain, the visit by the dynamic left coasters Robert Hass and Brenda Hillman or some other inexplicable confluence of events?
In any case, here is Tucker's list of bird and wildlife sightings during the current poetry season:
Chimney Swift (can they be nesting in the Congregational, Episcopal, Catholic churches?)
Grey Tree Frog
OTHER WILDLIFE, continued :
Bats (unlikely to be northern bats)
Fireflies (on my pants)
Mosquito (need I point this out?)
30 birds, 8 Other Species, 1 Charmingly Domestic Species
Cheers, Diane Tucker, Estate Naturalist, Hill-Stead Museum
YES, NELSON IS READY
ABOUT MARILYN NELSON
Poet Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of twelve books and three chapbooks.
Her book The Homeplace won the 1992 Annisfield-Wolf Award and was a finalist for the 1991 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. Carver: A Life In Poems won the 2001 Boston Globe/Hornbook Award and the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award, a Newbery Honor Book, and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book.
Fortune's Bones was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and won the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. A Wreath For Emmett Till won the 2005 Boston Globe—Horn Book Award and was a 2006 Coretta Scott King Honor Book, a 2006 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, and a 2006 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book. The Cachoeira 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, a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, three honorary doctorates, and a fellowship from the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Nelson is a professor emerita of English at the University of Connecticut; founder and director of Soul Mountain Retreat, a small writers' colony; and the former (2001—2006) Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut.