December 3, 2009 / Creative Writing
In this interview, the poet Marilyn Nelson discusses the role of community in a writer’s life, especially the kind of community she aims to foster at Soul Mountain Retreat, a writers’ colony she founded.
National Book Award, for her poetry collections The Homeplace and The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems. Her honors include a Newbery Honor medal, two NEA creative writing fellowships, three honorary doctorates, and a Guggenheim fellowship. Nelson is a professor emerita of English at the University of Connecticut, founder and director of Soul Mountain Retreat, and the former poet laureate of the state of Connecticut.