The Other Deepest Thing: A Tribute to Naomi Shihab Nye

Rooms 443-444, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Thursday, March 9, 2023
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Persistent political, racial, and religious divisions have made Naomi Shihab Nye's long-beloved poem "Kindness" one that repeatedly resurfaces with its gentle yet urgent call for human connection. Like the poem, Nye's vast body of work as a poet, essayist, anthologist, novelist, and children's book author transcends genres and bridges worlds. Panelists will use the poem as a spark to discuss Nye's impact on their own work and lives. Nye will then close the event with brief remarks and a new poem.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: The_Other_Deepest_Thing__A_Tribute_Panel_to_Naomi_Shihab_Nye_____AWP_Seattle_2023.pdf



Jenny Browne's most recent collection is Fellow Travelers: New and Selected Poems, volume 17 in the Texas Poet Laureate Series. She lives in San Antonio, Texas, teaches at Trinity University, and is the 2020 Fulbright Distinguished Scholar at the Seamus Heaney Center at Queens University Belfast.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of the New York Times bestselling essay collection and Barnes and Noble's Book of the Year, World of Wonders—and four books of poetry. She serves as poetry editor for Sierra magazine and is professor of English in the University of Mississippi's MFA program.

Nathalie Handal's recent books include Life in a Country Album, which “illuminates the luxuriance and longing of deracination—a contemporary Orpheus,” and The Republics, lauded as “one of the most inventive books by one of today’s most diverse writers." She is a professor at Columbia University.

Hayan Charara is the author of four poetry books, including These Trees, Those Leaves, This Flower, That Fruit. He edited Inclined to Speak, an anthology of contemporary Arab American poetry, and edits the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize with Fady Joudah. He teaches at the University of Houston.


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