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Naomi Shihab Nye ~ Listening For Inspiration ~ An Evening of Poetry & Conversation

Sunday, September 18, 2022
10:30am to 11:30am

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Banyen Books and Word Vancouver host internationally renowned Poet Laureate and US National Book Award Finalist Naomi Shihab Nye for a very special event sharing wisdom on the art of poetry and creativity, with readings from her new inspirational collection, Voices in the Air — Poems for Listeners.

A master poet of our time, Nye is frequently referenenced along side Mary Oliver. Read here her beloved poem "Kindness", which includes the lines:

"Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.

In Voices in the Air — a collection of over 100 poems Naomi reflects on those who influence us, bring us joy and most importantly, inspire us. In her own words, “I think the air is full of voices. If we slow down and practice listening, we hear those voices better. They live on in us. Inspiration? We need it every day. We deserve it. It is essential, like food, water, clean air, shelter. Here are some poems celebrating the voices that have changed my life and continue to do so.”

Naomi Shihab Nye, Palestinian American, was born in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up there, in Jerusalem, and in San Antonio, Texas. A graduate of Trinity University, Nye is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for her work, and was recently, from 2019-2022, the Young People's Poet Laureate for the United States (Poetry Foundation.) She has received the Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Book Critics Circle, and the Lon Tinkle Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Texas Institute of Letters, along with many other awards, and has served as a Chancellor for the Academy of American Poets, as well as a National Council Member for the National Endowment for the Humanities. She was poetry editor for the New York Times magazine in 2019-2020.

Nye is author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes, including Everything Comes Next: Collected & New Poems, Cast Away: Poems for Our Time, Voices in the Air, 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, A Maze Me: Poems for Girls, The Tiny Journalist, Red Suitcase, Words Under the Words, Fuel, and You & Yours (a bestselling poetry book of 2006). Her middle grade novel, The Turtle of Oman, was chosen as both a Best Book of 2014 by the Horn Book and a 2015 Notable Children's Book by the American Library Association, and its stand-alone companion, The Turtle of Michigan was just published.

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