How I Discovered Poetry

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How I Discovered Poetry

By Marilyn Nelson; Hadley Hooper (Illustrator)

Dial Books, Hardcover, 9780803733046, 103pp.

Publication Date: January 14, 2014

A powerful and thought-provoking Civil Rights era memoir from one of America's most celebrated poets.
Looking back on her childhood in the 1950s, Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Marilyn Nelson tells the story of her development as an artist and young woman through fifty eye-opening poems. Readers are given an intimate portrait of her growing self-awareness and artistic inspiration along with a larger view of the world around her: racial tensions, the Cold War era, and the first stirrings of the feminist movement.
A first-person account of African-American history, this is a book to study, discuss, and treasure.

About the Author
Marilyn Nelson is the author of Carver: A Life in Poems and Fields of Praise. She has won the Boston Globe Horn Book Award, the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, a Newbery Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Honor. Marilyn lives in Storrs, Connecticut, where she is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut.

Hadley Hooper works as an editorial illustrator for numerous magazines and newspapers. In 2011 she illustrated "Here Come the Girl Scouts!" by Shana Corey. "The Iridescence of Birds" is her second picture book and first for Roaring Brook Press. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

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