Poet Marilyn Nelson has been awarded the 2012 Robert Frost Medal by the Poetry Society of America for her “distinguished lifetime service to American poetry.”

LSU Press has published several of Nelson’s collections including “The Cachoeira Tales and Other Poems,” “The Fields of Praise,” and “The Homeplace,” according to an LSU news release.

Her work has also appeared many times in The Southern Review. Nelson’s latest work, “Faster Than Light: New and Selected Poems, 1996-2011,” is forthcoming from LSU Press in the fall.

The 2012 Annual Awards ceremony will be held in April in New York City, where Nelson will receive the medal and give the Frost Medal Lecture. In addition to this honor, Nelson has been a National Book Award finalist on three occasions and has received the Anisfield-Wolf Award, the Poets’ Prize, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, a Newbery Honor Award, and a Coretta Scott King Honor Award. She is professor emerita of English at the University of Connecticut and served as Poet Laureate of Connecticut.

For information about Nelson’s work and LSU Press please visit http://www.lsupress.org.