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.
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