Marilyn Nelson

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Better Ask Somebody Else.

“Why,” I am asked, “is it so important for children to have poetry in their lives?” Not just “Important,” but “so important,” emphasis on that “so.” As if I knew. Is it? Is it really important for children to have poetry in their lives? In their lives how? Where would...

How I Discovered Young Adult Poetry - The Zena Sutherland Lecture

A couple of weeks ago, at a dinner with several poets, one of them said, “You’re lucky, Marilyn: you know how to write poems for the young adult audience.” I laughed and told him he was entirely wrong. I have absolutely no idea how to write for the young adult...

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