The Poetic Conversation of Being Human: A Week with Naomi Shihab Nye

March 26 to 31, 2017

This week was made possible by a grant from the Ministries Foundation of the Sisters of St. Joseph

Kabeya MediaThe Sufi poet Rumi suggested that for any of us to open into the fullness of our beauty, we must be spoken to. He regarded every human being as a conversation–between our bodies or the particulars that make us who we are, and that something “more” flowing through all of us, the universal that we share across time and differences.

Wisdom Ways brings Palestinian-American Poet Naomi Shihab Nye back for a week in residence, opening a rich and daily conversation between the particular and universal, between the world that we live in and the world we want to create. She will lead five public programs you can attend individually or as a series in a weeklong self-guided writing retreat with ample time for your own work on the page. Attend one or all of these programs. Discover the poetry of your own life waiting to be spoken to and waiting to reply.


Events with Naomi Shihab Nye, March 26 - 31

Visit the individual webpage for more information about each event


About Naomi Shihab Nye


Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes, including poetry, essays, short stories, novels for young readers, and picture books. The Turtle of Oman, her novel for children, was named Best Book of 2014 by The Horn Book, a 2015 Notable Children's Book by the American Library.

Naomi has spent 40 years traveling the country and the world leading writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. Born to a Palestinian father and an American mother, Nye grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. 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 uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity.

 

Being part of multiple cultures shapes her poetry, which lends a fresh perspective to ordinary events, people, and objects. For Nye, “the primary source of poetry has always been local life, random characters met on the streets, our own ancestry sifting down to us through small essential daily tasks.”  She is an active voice for Arab-Americans who explores her heritage in her work and speaks out against both terrorism and prejudice.

 

 


 Naomi Shihab Nye Readings


Naomi Shihab Nye Reads "Gate A4"
March 31, 2017
Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality
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Naomi Shihab Nye Reads "Kindness"
March 18, 2016
Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality
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Naomi Shihab Nye Reads "O Say Can You See"
March 18, 2016
Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality
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Photos March 26-31, 2017


 


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Additional Readings from March 31


Ibtisam Barakat Reads "Despair"
March 31, 2017
Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality
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Ibtisam Barakat and Naomi Shihab Nye Read Poems
March 31, 2017
Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality
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