Keynoters

Marilyn Nelson

Marilyn Nelson, the former Poet Laureate of Connecticut, is the author or translator of twelve volumes of poetry and three chapbooks.  She has received the Poets’ Prize and the American Scandinavian Foundation Translation Prize, and has three times been finalist for the National Book Award.  Her book Carver:  A Life in Poems (2001) won the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award and the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, and was named both a Newbery Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor book.  She is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Connecticut and founder/director of Soul Mountain Retreat, a small writers’ colony. 

Walt Wangerin, Jr. has written more than thirty books of fiction and non-fiction for both children and adults. His first novel, The Book of the Dun Cow (1980), won both the National Book Award and the New York Times Best Children’s Book of the Year. The Book of God (1996) won the Gold Medallion Book Award and has been translated into 25 languages. Appearing on the radio show Lutheran Vespers for more than thirteen years, Wangerin also writes book reviews and articles for periodicals as well as a regular column for The Lutheran. He holds the Jochum Chair and is Writer-in-Residence at Valparaiso University.

Walt Wangerin, Jr.
Lutheran Festival of Writing 2007