Writing Gifts with Naomi Shihab Nye


Time & Date:
Sunday, December 15th 6:00pm — 9:00pm

Austin Bat Cave
1210 Rosewood Ave. (map)

“The sky is the only store worth shopping in for anything as long as a life.”

          Naomi Shihab Nye

Welcome! Our poetry/paragraph workshop will focus on what we already have in our vast treasure-houses of material – what we haven’t used yet, what we might restyle as a gift for ourselves or someone else. In this season of shopping and gift giving, writing itself might be our best gift. What about a poem in honor of someone else? A paragraph to be hand-printed on lovely paper as a treat for anyone you’d like to surprise?  So many discoveries regularly rising out of the practice and process of writing – you will leave with at least 4-6 different rough drafts. Lots of presents! Workshop/playshop open to all writers.  Please bring a single favorite poem written by somebody else.

Suggested preparation texts (just try to read a few poems by any of these people):

William Stafford, Jane Hirshfield, Harryette Mullen, Ron Padgett, W.S. Merwin, Carrie Fountain, Walt Whitman, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Joy Harjo, Danusha Lameris, Marie Howe

This class is open to writers in all genres and levels. 

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About the Instructor:

Naomi Shihab Nye earned her BA from Trinity University in San Antonio. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for her work, including a Lavan Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Robert Creeley Prize, and many Pushcart Prizes. She has received a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation and she was a Witter Bynner Fellow. From 2010 to 2015 she served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. In 2018 she was awarded the Lon Tinkle Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Texas Institute of Letters. Nye is the Poetry Foundation’s Young People’s Poet Laureate.

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