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Award Winning Author Marilyn Nelson Wins 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize For Children's Literature

Award Winning Author Marilyn Nelson Wins 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize For Children's Literature

Marilyn Nelson, a former Connecticut Poet Laureate and recipient of many literary awards, has added a new honor: She is the winner of the 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize for children's literature.

The NSK Prize is given every other year for great achievements in children's and young adult storytelling. First given in 2003, the prize includes $25,000, a silver medallion, a certificate of recognition and a literary festival in the winner's honor. The 2017 Neustadt Festival will honor Nelson in the fall.

Nelson, a professor emeritus with the University of Connecticut, is a poet, children's book author and translator. Her works include "A Wreath for Emmett Till," based on the...

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