Naomi Shihab Nye

This is the reading I didn't want to tell anyone about for fear it would be packed—Naomi Shihab Nye at the historic Longfellow House in Cambridge on the first nice day after a week on rain. Who wouldn't want to enjoy her words on a billowy, 80-degree afternoon?

As you might imagine, the event was standing room only, but I would expect nothing less from the author of more than 25 books. Naomi was the 2011 recipient of the Golden Rose Award from the New England Poetry Club. She was visibly moved by being added to the impressive list of recipients, and reading at Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's house clearly meant a lot to her.

Naomi not only read her poetry but also from a variety of other poets, including a five-year-old poet who wrote a poem about presidents and planets (now that’s a combination!). As someone who writes about the extraordinary in the everyday, her poetry speaks to me in a way that I can’t adequately explain. She has always been one of my influences, and her words I consider a wellspring. Naomi always extends her generous and open spirit through before a crowd. I think her poems ultimately point out the common good in us all. She reminds us to think about the larger world and our place in it.

At the book signing, I was able to thank Naomi for her words, slip her a copy of Underlife, and snap this photo. *smile*


Collin Kelley said…
I love her. Shared a stage with her five or six years ago at the Austin Poetry Festival. She's amazing.
PoetessWug said…
Hello! In just Google searching "Blog Poets"...because I'm a blogger and a poet ^_^ ...I came across your blog. I can see that you are much more knowledgeable about the 'poetry world' than I am from just reading this post!! I'm gonna look around your blog and see if I can learn anything. LOL Please feel free to visit my 'backyard' any time!
odessa said…
oh january, she is my favorite! i am so inspired by her and so happy that you got to meet her. how wonderful! and she looks just as lovely as i imagined her to be. i hope i can meet her one day too. :)
January said…
Naomi is amazing. Wish I could have spent more time with her. But giving her a copy of my book was a thrill. :)

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