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McKelvey School of Engineering

Distinguished Visiting Writer: Naomi Shihab Nye

Saturday, July 17 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Virtual Event

This event is part the Free Public Programs series presented by WashU's Summer Writers Institute.

About the Webinar

Introduction 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.

Register online to receive the Zoom information.


Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Arts & Culture



University College


Event Contact

Sylvia Sukop | ssukop@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes spanning poetry, essays, and anthologies, along with children’s literature and picture books. The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) recognized her contributions to book culture with the 2020 Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement. Previous winners include Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates and Studs Terkel. 

Mary Jo Bang is the author of eight books of poems—including Louise in Love, A Doll for Throwing, The Bride of E, The Last Two Seconds, and Elegy, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her translation of Dante’s Inferno, illustrated by Henrik Drescher, was published by Graywolf Press in 2012. 

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