Poetry as a Conversation with Something Better: A Reading by Naomi Shihab Nye and Ibtisam Barakat

Friday, March 31, 2017
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Co-hosted by Mizna, St. Catherine University and Wisdom Ways


“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.


This event is part of The Poetic Coversation of Being Human: A Week with Naomi Shihab Nye.

Learn more about other events during this week with Naomi


Kabeya MediaNaomi 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. 




WHEN: Friday, March 31, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

COST: $15.00, free for students with ID

WHERE: Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium, located in Whitby Hall on the campus of
St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, 55105.

Campus Map (Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium, #14)

Driving Directions


Parking permits are not needed on the Saint Catherine University campus after 5:00 pm. Most parking lots on campus have a few designated handicapped parking spaces.

Parking is not advised in the following areas: fire lanes, reserved parking, 10 minute parking, and handicapped parking spaces (unless state-permitted). 

There is also ample parking available at the Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Ave., St. Paul. No permit needed.


The wheelchair accessible entrance ramp is located to the left of main door. From there, you can access the elevator on the lower level that will take you up to the auditorium.

Registration for this program is now closed.

 Additional Opportunities with Ibtisam Barakat

Mizna is pleased to offer opportunities for writers to engage with acclaimed Palestinian American poet and memoirist Ibtisam Barakat during her Twin Cities visit. She will be reading from her new memoir Balcony on the Moon on Friday, joining poet Naomi Shihab Nye for a literary conversation on March 31. Additionally, she will present a workshop, a craft talk and conversation, and writing feedback for a limited number of people.

FOLLOW THE TICKET LINK for more information and to register now!

  • Thursday, 3/30, Writing Feedback Sessions, 3pm to 5pm
  • Saturday, 4/1, 10am to 2pm. Memoir Writing Workshop
  • Sunday, 4/2, 10am to Noon, Craft Talk + Brunch

Space is limited.

Register and learn more here.