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Francis Parker School – National Poetry Month – Chicago, IL

Naomi Shihab Nye, National Advisor to the Friends of William Stafford, to be featured at the 5th Annual National Poetry Month presentation by the Jeanne Harris Hansell Endowed Fund for Poetry.

The Parker community and public at large are welcome to join us for a reading with award-winning Palestinian-American poet, writer, anthologist and educator Naomi Shihab Nye, followed by a Q&A.

Nye describes herself as a “wandering poet.” She has spent 40 years traveling the country and the world, leading writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and 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. She also is a strong believer in the power place in poetry, as a way to convey a sense of history and cultural heritage; a value she shares with William Stafford and other contemporary poets.

The event is free to the public on a first come first serve basis.