Aldon Lynn Nielsen

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Aldon Lynn Nielsen (born 1950 Grand Island, Nebraska) is an American poet, and literary critic.


He was raised in the District of Columbia, where he graduated from the Federal City College and from the George Washington University, with a Ph.D. He taught at Howard University, San Jose State University, the University of California, Los Angeles and Loyola Marymount University. He is the George and Barbara Kelly Professor of American Literature in the Pennsylvania State University.[1]

He lives in Pennsylvania and California, where his wife, Anna Everett, teaches at U.C. Santa Barbara. Nielsen loves to wear hats and owns several tablets.


  • Larry Neal Award for poetry
  • two Gertrude Stein Awards for innovation.
  • SAMLA Studies Prize, a Myers Citation and the Kayden Award for best book in the humanities, for Reading Race
  • Josephine Miles Award, for Integral Music: Languages of African American Innovation
  • American Book Award for Don't deny my name: words and music and the black intellectual tradition
  • Darwin Turner Award






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