"Where Do We Begin? Writing poems and Very Short Stories Any Day of our Lives"
a writing workshop for youth
with Naomi Shihab Nye
Made possible by the Merwin Conservancy
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Wednesday, June 27th, 3pm
for young writers age 6 to 18
please bring a notebook and pen or pencil
your favorite poem, and an open mind
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Naomi Shihab Nye is an acclaimed poet, having spent 40 years traveling the country and world to lead writing workshops, inspiring students of all ages. Nye is currently the Professor of Creative Writing - Poetry at Texas State University.
A long-time friend of the Merwin and a board member of the Merwin Conservancy, she is author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes. Her books of poetry include 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East , A Maze Me: Poems for Girls, Red Suitcase, Words Under the Words, Fuel, and You & Yours. Her collection of poems for young adults entitled Honeybee won the 2008 Arab American Book Award in the Children’s/Young Adult category. Her novel for children, The Turtle of Oman, was chosen both a Best Book of 2014 by The Horn Book and a 2015 Notable Children's Book by the American Library Association. The Turtle of Oman was also awarded the 2015 Middle East Book Award for Youth Literature. Her new book is Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners (Feb 2018; Greenwillow Books, HarperCollins).
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The Merwin Conservancy is a non-profit organization founded on Maui by renowned poet W.S. Merwin and his late wife Paula Merwin. The Merwin Conservancy's mission is to inspire innovation in the arts and sciences by advancing the ideas of W.S. Merwin—his life, work, house and palm forest—as fearless and graceful examples of the power of imagination and renewal.