5PM INTERVIEW: Chippewa Valley Reads!

Nationally acclaimed poet, Marilyn Nelson, has been named this year’s Chippewa Valley Reads! featured author. The Chippewa Valley Reads! is a community-wide reading program designed to bring all ages of the Chippewa Valley community together through the joy of reading and discussing books by a well-known author. As the featured author for this year’s event, Nelson will be in Eau Claire from April 23-25.

She will give three presentations at local area schools (Memorial High School, Lakeshore Elementary, and Longfellow Elementary.) As a collaborative partner, the UW Eau Claire will host a poetry reading and presentation that is free and open to the public at 7 p.m. April 23 in the Woodland Theater of Davies Center.

The topic of the reading will be "African American History in Verse." A book signing and reception will follow.

Nelson is the author or translator of fifteen books and five chapbooks. Her work—spanning a readership that includes adults, young adults and children—focuses on race, civil liberties and African American history. She is a recipient of the Frost Medal, the Poetry Society of America’s most prestigious award for a “distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry.”

More information about Nelson can be found on her website http://www.blueflowerarts.com/marilyn-nelson . The poster for her public presentation is attached.

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