Marilyn Nelson

    Full-length Collections
  • Nelson, Marilyn. Faster Than Light New and Selected Poems, 1996-2011. Louisiana State University Press, 2012.
  • Nelson, Marilyn. The Cachoeira Tales, and Other Poems. Louisiana State University Press, 2005.
  • Nelson, Marilyn. The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems. Louisiana State University Press, 1997
  • Nelson, Marilyn. Magnificat. Louisiana State University Press, 1994.
  • Nelson, Marilyn. The Homeplace. Louisiana State University Press, 1990.
  • Nelson, Marilyn. Mama's Promises. Louisiana State University Press, 1985.
  • Nelson, Marilyn. For the Body. Louisiana State University Press, 1978.

  • Nelson, Marilyn. The Meeting House. Antrim House Books, 2017.
  • Nelson, Marilyn. The Freedom Business: Connecticut Landscapes Through the Eyes of Venture Smith. Lyme Historical Society, Florence Griswold Museum, 2006.
  • Nelson, Marilyn. She-Devil Circus. Aralia Press, 2001.
  • Nelson, Marilyn. Triolets for Triolet. Curbstone Press, 2001.
  • Nelson, Marilyn. Partial Truth. The Kutenai Press, 1992.


  • Rasmussen, Halfdan. Illus. Hawkes, Kevin. A Little Bitty Man and Other Poems for the Very Young. Trans. Marilyn Nelson and Pamela Espeland. Candlewick, 2011.
  • Rasmussen, Halfdan. Illus. Pratt, Pierre. Trans. Nelson, Marilyn. The Ladder. Candlewick, 2006.
  • Pedersen, Inge. Trans. Nelson, Marilyn. The Thirteenth Month. Oberlin College Press, 2005.
  • Euripides. Euripides, 1: Medea. Hecuba. Andromache. The Bacchae. Ed. David R. Slavitt and Palmer Bovie. Trans. Eleanor Wilner, Inés Azar, Marilyn Nelson, Donald Junkins, and Daniel M. Epstein. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998.
  • Rasmussen, Halfdan. Illus. Robinson, D.M. Trans. Marilyn Nelson and Pamela Espeland. Hundreds of Hens and other poems for children. Black Willow Press, 1982.
  • Dahlerup, Pil. Literary Sex Roles. Trans. Marilyn Nelson. Minnesota Women in Higher Education, 1975

    Honors and Awards

  • 2017 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children
  • 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature Winner
  • 2013 Elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets
  • 2012 Poetry Society of America Robert Frost Medal
  • 2006 Connecticut Book Award for Lifetime Achievement in Service to the Literary Community
  • 2005 Boston Globe/Hornbook Award
  • 2002 J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
  • 2001-2006 Poet Laureate, State of Connecticut
  • 2001 Boston Globe/Hornbook Award
  • 2001 Flora Stieglitz Straus Award
  • 1998 Poets' Prize
  • 1995 Fulbright Teaching Fellowship (France)
  • 1992 Anisfield-Wolf Award
  • 1990 Connecticut Arts Award
  • American Council of Learned Societies, Contemplative Practices Fellowship
  • Department of the Army's Commander's Award for Public Service
  • National Endowment for the Arts fellow, 1981 and 1990
    Books for Young Adults
  • Nelson, Marilyn and Tonya C. Hegamin. Pemba’s Song: A Ghost Story. Scholastic, 2008.
  • Nelson, Marilyn. American Ace. Dial Books, 2016.
  • Nelson, Marilyn. My Seneca Village. Namelos, 2015.
  • Nelson, Marilyn. Illus. Hooper, Hadley. How I Discovered Poetry. Dial Books, 2014.
  • Nelson, Marilyn. Illus. Pinkney, Jerry. Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World. Dial Books, 2009.
  • Nelson, Marilyn. Photo. Kuklin, Susan. Beautiful Ballerina.Scholastic Press, 2009.
  • Nelson, Marilyn. Illus. Dancy, Deborah. The Freedom Business: Including A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, a Native of Africa. Front Street, 2008.
  • Alexander, Elizabeth and Marilyn Nelson . Illus. Cooper, Floyd. Miss Crandall’s School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color. Wordsong, 2007.
  • Nelson, Marilyn. Illus. Lardy, Philippe. A Wreath for Emmett Till. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2005.
  • Nelson, Marilyn, and Pamela Espeland. Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem. Front Street, 2004.
  • Nelson, Marilyn. Carver, a Life in Poems. Front Street, 2001.

    Books for Young Children

  • Nelson, Marilyn. Lubaya’s Quiet Roar. Dial Books, Forthcoming.
  • Nelson, Marilyn. Ostrich and Lark. Illus. San Artists of the Kuru Art Project in Botswana. Boyds Mills Press, 2012.
  • Nelson, Marilyn. Snook Alone. Illus. Timothy Basil Ering. Candlewick, 2010.
  • Espeland, Pamela, and Marilyn Nelson. Illus. Schart Hyman, Trina. The Cat Walked through the Casserole and Other Poems for Children. Carolrhoda, 1984.


  • Nelson, Marilyn (ed.) Mrs. Nelson’s Class. World Enough Writers, 2017.