“Hope in Our Pockets: An Evening with Poet & Novelist Naomi Shihab Nye” on Thursday, June 28, 8 p.m., Center for the Arts Theatre, 240 S. Glenwood St., Jackson.
Poetry has never been far away, in any of our lives. It's as close as hems and collars, the pockets we place our treasures in, the tiny glittering stones we find on our walks in the world. What use, this gathering? What use, this life with language as one's closest friend? Naomi Shihab Nye describes herself as a “wandering poet.” She has spent 37 years traveling the country and the world to lead writing workshops and inspire students of all ages. Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experiences traveling in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Middle East, Nye uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity. Presented in collaboration with the Jackson Hole Writers Conference. Free. Adult Humanities Coordinator, Oona Doherty, 733-2164 ext. 135, firstname.lastname@example.org.