This special installment of COLD READ SHORTs: Enjoy Hecuba by Euripides.
Translated and read by Marilyn Nelson.
The ancient Greeks, who gave us theatre and drama, called the first writers for the stage poets. In celebration of National Poetry Month (April), COLD READ SHORTs presents nationally recognized poets reading selections from their dramatic texts written for the stage. From verse dramas, opera libretti, translations of classical dramatic works, and adaptations, we celebrate the poet as playwright and honor poetry as the original language of the theatre.
The National Poetry Month edition of COLD READ SHORTs is co-curated by associate artistic director and playwright Kyle Bass and nationally renowned poet Charles Martin.
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Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of more than 20 books and chapbooks for adults and children. Her books for young adults include A Wreath for Emmett Till and Carver: A Life in Poems, a Newbery Honor Book. Of Marilyn’s nine poetry collections for adults, The Homeplace won the 1992 Annisfield-Wolf Award; and The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems received the 1998 Poets’ Prize, the PEN Winship Award, and the Lenore Marshall Prize. Three of her books have been finalists for the National Book Award, and her many honors include the Frost Medal, the Ruth Lilly Prize, the NSK Neustadt Award, and the NCTE Poetry Prize. She has had fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. A professor emerita of English at the University of Connecticut, she has served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, as Poet-in-Residence of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and as Poet Laureate of Connecticut.