Neustadt Festival: Interviews with Marilyn Nelson and Dipika Mukherjee
On today’s program, Suzette Grillot talks with two participants in the University of Oklahoma’s Neustadt festival – the 2017 winner of the NSK Neustadt prize for children’s literature, Marilyn Nelson, as well as a member of the Neustadt jury, author Dipika Mukherjee.
Marilyn Nelson is an educator, poet and author. World Literature Today describes Nelson as one of America’s most powerful literary voices. A professor emerita at the University of Cincinnati, Nelson has written or translated more than a dozen works of literature. She has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, such as the Newbery Honor, Coretta Scott King Honor, Guggenheim fellowship, and Frost Medal. She has also been a finalist for the National Book Award three times.
Dipika Mukherjee describes herself as a writer, sociolinguist and nomad. She is a faculty affiliate at the Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University. Her novels include Thunder Demons, Ode to Broken Things, and Shambala Junction.