DERBY - The Kellogg Environmental Center will hold a poetry reading and book signing by Marilyn Nelson
at 2 p.m. May 11 "to celebrate the birthday of Frances Osborne
Kellogg and her interest in supporting the arts and bringing famous speakers and
performers to the Valley," according to a statement.
Nelson will read from her collection
of poems, "Carver: A Life in Poems," a "collection that
provides young readers with a compelling account of the life of
African-American botanist and inventor George Washington Carver," the statement said.
program is free.
Also in the statement (unedited here):
George Washington Carver
Born in 1864 and raised by
white slave owners, Carver left home in search of an education and eventually
earned a master's degree in agriculture. Rising to head the Agriculture
Department at Tuskegee Institute and known for his studies on sweet potatoes,
cowpeas and peanuts, Dr. Carver provided many products and agricultural
Poet Marilyn Nelson
Poet Marilyn Nelson is the
author or translator of fifteen books and five chapbooks. 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, a fellowship from the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial
Foundation, and the Frost Medal—the Poetry Society of America's most
prestigious award, for a "distinguished lifetime achievement in
poetry." Nelson is a professor emerita of English at the University of
Connecticut; was (2004-2010) founder/director and host of Soul Mountain
Retreat, a small non-profit writers' colony; and held the office of Poet
Laureate of the State of Connecticut from 2001-2006.
The program is free but donations are gratefully
accepted and refreshments will be provided.
Environmental Center, operated by the Department of Energy and Environmental
Protection, at 500 Hawthorne Ave. It is open 9 a.m. yo 4:30 p.m, Tuesday through Saturday. For more information please call (203)
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