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Webinar: Conversation between Poet/Writer Naomi Shihab Nye '74 and Professor Coleen Grissom
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When: 10/23/2017
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Online
United States
Contact: Office of Alumni Relations

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Learning TUgether: A live webinar conversation with poet, songwriter and novelist Naomi Shihab Nye ’74.  Trinity icon and professor of English Coleen Grissom will introduce Nye and moderate the discussion.

Nye’s first two chapter books, Tattooed Feet (1977) and Eye-to-Eye (1978), are written in free verse and possess themes of questing. Nye’s first full-length collection, Different Ways to Pray (1980), explores the differences between and shared experiences of cultures from California to Texas and from South America to Mexico. Hugging the Jukebox (1982), a full-length collection that won the Voertman Poetry Prize, focuses on the connections between diverse peoples and on the perspectives of those in other lands. Yellow Glove (1986) presents poems with more tragic and sorrowful themes. According to the Poetry FoundationFuel (1998) may be Nye’s most acclaimed volume and ranges over a variety of subjects, scenes and settings.

Nye has won many awards and fellowships, among them four Pushcart Prizes, the Jane Addams Children's Book award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, and many notable book and best book citations from the American Library Association, and a 2,000 Witter Bynner Fellowship. In 1997, Trinity University honored her with the Distinguished Alumna Award.

In October 2012, she was named laureate of the 2013 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature, sponsored by the University of Oklahoma and World Literature Today magazine. In her nominating statement, the juror who championed Nye for the award wrote, “Naomi’s incandescent humanity and voice can change the world, or someone’s world, by taking a position not one word less beautiful than an exquisite poem.”

All attendees will be able to submit questions. Ms. Nye will be happy to answer them.

Date:  Monday, October 23, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM Central

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Questions?  Please contact Alumni Relations Office at or 210-999-8491. 

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