Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

Reading by Nancy Owen Nelson

Reading by Nancy Owen Nelson

The public is invited to a reading by Nancy Owen Nelson, author of Searching for Nannie B: Connecting Three Generations of Alabama Women and My Heart Wears No Colors, on Tuesday, May 21 at 4:00 p.m. at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill.

Nelson will read from her memoir Searching for Nannie B: Connecting Three Generations of Alabama Women and the poetry collection My Heart Wears No Colors, in which she grapples with how to embrace her ancestry while resisting, as Rev. Dr. Stephen Butler Murray states, “the social sins that drench the soil of that beloved ground” on which her ancestors are buried. Nelson will also discuss the process of family research and what she discovered along the way, which will address the question, “what did my ancestors say?”

Nancy Owen Nelson has published articles in several academic journals and anthologies. She is co-editor of The Selected Letters of Frederick Manfred: 1932-1954 and editor of Private Voices, Public Lives: Women Speak on the Literary Life and The Lizard Speaks: Essays on the Writings of Frederick Manfred. She has a published poetry in What Wildness Is This as well as in the South Dakota Review, Lyceum, and Graffiti Rag, and has creative nonfiction pieces in "Mom's Writing Literary Journal, Lalitamba, and Roll: A Collection of Personal Narratives. She currently offers a manuscript consultation workshop with Springfed Arts of Detroit. 

The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben Street, Auburn.

For more information on the program, call 334-844-4903 or visit www.auburn.edu/cah

Last Updated: May 14, 2019