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Harry William Nelson, American Poet, author, artist ( art: lit.art: visiting)poet, author, artist.


Nelson, Harry William was born on June 9, 1908 in New York City. Son of Nels William and Alma Constance (Svenson) Nelson.


Student, Brown University, 1928. Student, Harve Stein, 1959. Student, Beatrice Cuming, 1967.

Student, Clarence Brodeur, 1970. Student, Art Students League, Lyman Allyn Museum, 1970. Student, Robert A. Cale, 1974.

Student, Robert A. Cale, 1977. AB cum laude, Yale University, 1933. Postgraduate, University New Hampshire, 1939.

Postgraduate, Lafayette University, 1951. Postgraduate, University Connecticut, 1951.


Teacher, English R.E. Fitch Senior High School, Groton, Connecticut, 1934—1964, director dramatics, 1942—1952. Innovator National Spokesman Dramatic Choric Odes. Founder, 1st president Indian and Colonial Research Center, Old Mystic, Connecticut, 1965—1970.

Lecturer, 20th annual address, 1985. Indiana film maker, lecturer Colleges, Schools, Museum Organizations, since 1958. Shakespeare Celebration lecturer Groton Arts Committee, Groton library, 1981, Michelangelo, 1983, Waterford Library., 1984.

Art consultant Groton Library., 1984—1986.


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    • Author: (poems, included in special American literature collection Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library., Yale) Startled Flight, 1930, (poems) Impelling Reminiscence, 1940 (Leitner award). Author: (illustrator, narrator) The Moon is Near, 1944.

      Author: The Fever in the Drum, 1945, The Winter Tree, 1972 (Suffield Conference Poetry award, 1971), Not of This Star Dust, 1973, Wolf Stone, Wolf Stone, 1976, Encounter at the Aquarium, 1978, Command Performance, 1980, (dramatic choric ode) Ours is the Work, 1942, Never to Forget This, 1944, Look to the Horizon Within, 1948, (poems, dramatic choric ode) The Years of the Whirlwind, 1943. Songs, From Moon-Filled Sky, 1947., author poems public in various literature reviews, also Hartford Courant, poetry readings schools, colleges, various organizations, Blame the Skulk of Night, 1974, A Catch of Creation, 1984.

      Guest poet Williams School, 1974-1975, 1978-1979, Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport, 1980, Williams School, 1981, Stamford Radio WSTC, 1981, Groton Library., 1985, Celebration Arts Program University Connecticut and Groton Arts Committee, 1986. One-man shows include Groton Playhouse Gallery, 1956, Hartford National Bank, 1964-1968, Lyman Allyn Museum, 1968, Waterford Library.

      , 1971, Woodworth Hall, Connecticut College, 1972, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, New London, 1973, 1980, 1982, 1989, Liberty Bank, Old Mystic, 1977, Groton Public Library., 1980, 1987, 50th Anniversary Exhibition The Early Years: Mystic Art Association, 1981, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Old Lyme Exhibit, 1981, Invitational New England Art Show, United States Coast Guard Academy, 1981, Connecticut Bank & Trust, 1983, New England South Shore Artists, Westerly Library., 1984, exhibited in group shows at Boston Museum Fine Arts, Sterling Library.

      Yale, Mystic Art Gallery, since 1950, Essex Art Gallery, since 1964, Lyme Art Gallery, since 1968, Converse Gallery, Cummings Art Center, Connecticut College, 1973, Bicentennial Commission, Mystic Art Association, 1976, prints exhibition, 1979, Represented in permanent collections Lyman Allyn Museum, Groton Library. Private collections. Actor: (films) The Research Paper, The Tall Ships, Fleet and One Tuna, Our Walden, Puppet and Camera, The Edge of Winter, The Eternal Prelude, Vain Carrousel, This Autumn Day.


Member Living Heritage Guild Groton (president 1965-1967), New London Art Students League (president 1965-1968), Poetry Society American (nominee governing board preservation of society 1978, independent 1980), Mystic Art Association (Wimpfheimer award 1979, Maxwelton award for aquamedia,1981), Essex Art Association (board directors 1987, E. Gould Chalker award 1985), Connecticut (publications committee 1977 1st and 3d awards Annual Yellow Pad Competition 1979, associate editor Connecticut River Review 1979-1982), Pennsylvania poetry societies, Shelley Society New York, International Platform Association, Gungywamp Society, Chi Delta Theta.


Nels William Nelson

Alma Constance (Svenson) Nelson