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Distinguished Visiting Writer Naomi Shihab Nye
Introduced by Mary Jo Bang

Award-winning poet, essayist, and educator Naomi Shihab Nye grew up in St. Louis. The Summer Writers Institute is proud to present a unique “virtual homecoming” reading featuring Nye, with an introduction by poet and translator Mary Jo Bang.

An advocate for literature’s power to enrich and transform lives, Nye was awarded the Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement by the National Book Critics Circle in 2020, and was named the 2019-2021 Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Her latest book, Everything Comes Next: Collected & New Poems (2020), gathers 45 years of some of her most acclaimed and inspiring work in one volume.

Mary Jo Bang is the award-winning author of numerous poetry collections and of poetry in translation. Her eagerly anticipated, innovative translation of Dante’s Purgatorio will be published by Graywolf in July.

Nye and Bang share local roots and, several years apart, attended Central Elementary School in Ferguson, Missouri. The Summer Writers Institute is grateful to both of these extraordinary poets for their generous participation in what promises to be an unforgettable evening.

This event is presented in collaboration with St. Louis independent bookseller Left Bank Books, founded more than 50 years ago. Books by Naomi Shihab Nye and Mary Jo Bang are both available for online purchase through Left Bank Books.

Event admission is free, but registration is required.

Jul 17, 2021 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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