Friday, March 31, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 pm
“It’s so unimaginative not to do something better,” says Naomi Shihab Nye of the conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world. Closing her week in residence with Wisdom Ways, Nye and Palestinian-American writer Ibtisam Barakat reflect together on the importance of poetry and literature in our world and its power to help us imagine—and grow into—a better world.
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.
Award-winning, Palestinian-American author, poet, translator, artist and educator Ibtisam Barakat writes in both English and Arabic. Balcony on the Moon, Tasting the Sky and her other works center on healing social injustices, especially in the lives of young people. Her writings exist in numerous translations.