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Marilyn Nelson, of Storrs, was appointed State Poet Laureate by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts on June 28, 2001. She will serve a five-year term in the honorary position, which was created by the General Assembly to recognize a Connecticut poet of the highest distinction. She succeeds Leo Connellan, and his predecessor, James Merrill.
Marilyn Nelson is the author of six books of poetry, two children's collections, and several chapbooks. Her work has also appeared in numerous anthologies and literary collections. She has been described as "a poet of stunning power, able to bring alive the most rarified and subtle of experiences."
More information about Marilyn Nelson is available on the Commission's web site at http://www.ctarts.org/PoetLaureate.htm
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