Naomi Shihab Nye’s mixed heritage—her father is Palestinian, her mother is American—shapes the subjects of her poetry. Seattle Arts & Lectures brings Nye to Town Hall’s stage for a dive into her 40 years as a self-described “wandering poet” traveling the country and the world to lead writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experiences traveling in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East, Nye gives voice to her experience as an Arab-American through poems about heritage and peace that overflow with a humanitarian spirit. Sit in for a look at Nye’s extraordinary writing which calls us together to attest to our shared humanity.
Naomi Shihab Nye grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. She is the author of numerous poetry collections including The Tiny Journalist, Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners, Transfer, and You and Yours. Nye is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a Lavan Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Carity Randall Prize, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, and many others.
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