Events

Poet/translator and 2019 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize winner Marilyn Nelson and musician/performance artist and Whiting Award-winning fiction writer Brontez Purnell read from their work as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series presented by the Program in Creative Writing.

Tickets and Details

The reading is free and open to the public. Tickets required; reserve tickets through University Ticketing.

Get directions to the Drapkin Studio and find other venue information for the arts complex.

COVID-19 Guidance + Updates

Per Princeton University policy, all guests are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to the maximum extent, which now includes a COVID booster shot for all eligible to receive it, and to wear a mask when indoors.

Accessibility

symbol for wheelchair accessibilityThe event space is wheelchair accessible. Visit our Venues and Studios section for accessibility information at our various locations. Attendees in need of access accommodations are asked to contact the Lewis Center at 609-258-5262 or email LewisCenter@princeton.edu at least one week in advance of the event date.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

marilyn nelson smiles with short dark hair and black mockneck shirt

Photo by Curt Richter

Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of seventeen poetry books and the memoir How I Discovered Poetry. She is also the author of The Fields Of Praise: New And Selected Poems, which won the 1998 Poets’ Prize; Carver: A Life In Poems, which won the 2001 Boston Globe/Hornbook Award and the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award; and Fortune’s Bones, which was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and won the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. Nelson’s honors include two NEA creative writing fellowships, the 1990 Connecticut Arts Award, a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, a fellowship from the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Frost Medal. She was the Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut from 2001-2006.

 
 
 

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Photo courtesy Brontez Purnell

Brontez Purnell is a writer, musician, dancer, filmmaker, and performance artist. He is the author of a graphic novel, a novella, a children’s book, and the novel Since I Laid My Burden Down. Recipient of a 2018 Whiting Award for Fiction, he was named one of the 32 Black Male Writers for Our Time by T: New York Times Style Magazine in 2018. Purnell is also the frontman for the band the Younger Lovers, the co-founder of the experimental dance group the Brontez Purnell Dance Company, the creator of the renowned cult zine Fag School, and the director of several short films, music videos, and, most recently, the documentary Unstoppable Feat: Dances of Ed Mock. He is the 2022 winner of the “Robert Rauschenberg Award For Risk Taking In Art” from the Foundation of Contemporary Art in New York and he recently released his current novel 100 Boyfriends on FSGxMCD. Born in Triana, Alabama, he’s lived in Oakland, California, for over a decade.

 

Presented By

  • Program in Creative Writing