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Naomi Shihab Nye and Danusha Laméris in Conversation

The Poetry Magazine Podcast

Spring is almost officially here. This week, poets Naomi Shihab Nye and Danusha Laméris reflect on the year that has passed—a year that has been so different and difficult to comprehend. Nye and Laméris remind us that poetry makes sense when things stop making sense—that poetry can take us over, under, or through difficulty. Nye is the Poetry Foundation's Young People’s Poet Laureate, and one of the guest editors of the magazine's special issue dedicated to poems for young people. When we asked her who she wanted to speak with on the podcast, she said Danusha Laméris, the last person she really spent time with before the lockdown began. The two were essentially meeting for the first time, but they sound like “new-old friends.” They’ve spent a year getting to know each other from afar by exchanging letters, poems, and packages between San Antonio, Texas, and Santa Cruz, California. You’ll hear poems from Nye and Laméris, including Nye’s poem in the current issue of Poetry, “Every day as a wide field, every page.”

36mins

9 Mar 2021

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Naomi Shihab Nye — “Before You Know Kindness As the Deepest Thing Inside...”

On Being with Krista Tippett

It’s pretty intriguing to follow poet Naomi Shihab Nye’s idea that most of us actually “think in poems” whether we know it or not. Rarely, as she points out, do you hear anyone say they feel worse after writing things down. That, she says, can be a tool to survive in hard times like these, to anchor our days - and to get into a conversation and community with all of the selves that live on in each of us at any given moment - “your child self, your older self, your confused self, your self-that-makes-a-lot-of-mistakes.” We also hear her read her beloved poem “Kindness” and tell us the story behind it.Naomi Shihab Nye is the Young People's Poet Laureate through the Poetry Foundation and a professor of creative writing at Texas State University. Her recent books include The Tiny Journalist, Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners, Cast Away, and Everything Comes Next: Collected and New Poems. She received the 2019 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle.Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.This show originally aired on July 28, 2016.

50mins

4 Mar 2021

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[Unedited] Naomi Shihab Nye with Krista Tippett

On Being with Krista Tippett

It’s pretty intriguing to follow poet Naomi Shihab Nye’s idea that most of us actually “think in poems” whether we know it or not. Rarely, as she points out, do you hear anyone say they feel worse after writing things down. That, she says, can be a tool to survive in hard times like these, to anchor our days - and to get into a conversation and community with all of the selves that live on in each of us at any given moment - “your child self, your older self, your confused self, your self-that-makes-a-lot-of-mistakes.” We also hear her read her beloved poem “Kindness” and tell us the story behind it.Naomi Shihab Nye is the Young People's Poet Laureate through the Poetry Foundation and a professor of creative writing at Texas State University. Her recent books include The Tiny Journalist, Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners, Cast Away, and Everything Comes Next: Collected and New Poems. She received the 2019 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle.This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Naomi Shihab Nye — “Before You Know Kindness As the Deepest Thing Inside..." Find the transcript for that show at onbeing.org.This show originally aired on July 28, 2016.

1hr 34mins

4 Mar 2021

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Episode 18: Transmitters of Kindness with Naomi Shihab Nye

What Are You Bringing?

The Poetry Foundation's Young People's Poet Laureate, and Jen's all-around favorite, Naomi Shihab Nye joins us this week to discuss her work and the beauty of the language of poetry. Topics include: Powdered sugar cookies, finding the shine, the magic of "sifting", and incredible travel stories. Follow us on instagram @waybpodcast Hosts: Jennifer Pastiloff @jenpastiloff Alicia 'ACE' Easter @aceyogala Produced by: Aviv Rubinstien @rambocalrissian Music by: Alexandra Kalinowski @alexandrapaloma

1hr 11mins

21 Jan 2021

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Naomi Shihab Nye, Jack Shaeen and Lisa Suhair Majaj

Writers Backstage كٌّتاب خلف الكواليس

In our fifth episode, we focus on  Arab American writers and poets and their reactions to traumatic events like 9/11. Hayat Bedaiwi looks at Letter from Naomi Shihab Nye, Arab-American Poet: To Any Would-Be Terrorists, and provides a reading from the letter itself, with a focus on the idea of how Arab American writers had to defend themselves and fight wrong associations that stuck to Arabs and their heritage after the events.   Mona AlBalawi talks about Lisa Suhair Majaj and her poem “Keep your eyes on the colonizer’s maps”—“Guidelines”. Lisa Suhair Majaj is author of Geographies of Light (Del Sol Press Poetry Prize winner) and co-editor of Intersections: Gender, Nation and Community in Arab Women's Novels (Syracuse University Press), Etel Adnan: Critical Essays on the Arab-American Writer and Artist (McFarland Publishing) and Going Global: The Transnational Reception of Third World Women Writers (Garland/Routledge). Her writing, which includes poetry, creative nonfiction, critical essays, children’s writing and more, has been translated into several languages.  Guidelines sheds light on issues of Arab identity, belonging and immigration. The three poem stanza's ask the reader to think about different situations where their Arabness might be questioned, but it also includes the non-Arab reader in helping them understand the struggles and bias they face because they are of Arab decent,  

22mins

27 Nov 2020

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S2E9: Pay Attention. Be Kind. Live Large: Naomi Shihab Nye

Tokens with Lee C. Camp

Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes, the Young People’s Poet Laureate, and as we used to say in Alabama, the winner of more awards than you can shake a stick at. In this sort of wisdom-of-the-ages interview, Naomi discusses kindness, the joy which accompanies sorrow, paying attention, and living life large.  She also shares two of her well-known poems:  “Kindness,” and “Gate A4.”See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

45mins

19 Nov 2020

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You Look Hot in This & Naomi Shihab Nye (My Father and the Fig Tree)

Writers Backstage كٌّتاب خلف الكواليس

In this episode, we focus on different ways and genres that Arab Americans used to express their identity and struggles. Naomi Shihab Nye, a very accomplished Arab American poet, uses the image of the fig tree to recall how her roots are a part of her identity, and one can feel that her father and his attachment to Palestine has a great effect on her as a poet. Huda Fehmy is also a comic strip artist who uses cartoons and, as I call it the comic novel genre, to express the conversation happening about the hijab, being a muslim American and how hard it is to explain to others what the Hijab is and why she chooses to wear it. Normally, Muslim women always get comments on their hijab and the way they wear it, and how it is sometimes considered as an exotic piece. She uses humor to counteract these negative influences and maybe psychologically distressing events that happen to her on a daily basis. whether she is ordering from a restaurant, or just walking outside, her hijab is always a character in her comic strips, which she tries to give life to and validate at the end of the day. 

28mins

28 Oct 2020

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Musings of the Artist: (Honest) Conversations with Montse Andrée

Naomi Shihab Nye is a Palestinian-American poet, Young People's Poet Laureate through the Poetry Foundation, and editor of poems for the New York Times Sunday magazine. She has written or edited more than 30 books, most recently Cast Away, The Tiny Journalist, Voices in the Air, and Everything Comes Next.  Naomi is full of poignant stories and refreshing wisdom. In this episode, she reads my all-time favorite poem “Kindness.”  She touches on loss, how to get yourself back on the path to gratitude when you start to get into a worry cycle, collective suffering and unspoken pain, how attentive listening to oneself and others will give you what you need when you need it, and the ways in which the people we lose, stay. She speaks on all these things, and more with a genuine positivity that is contagious. This is a must-listen episode!Where to find Naomi:InstagramTwitterPoetry FoundationThis episode was audio produced by Aaron Moring. Theme music is by Ilan Isakov.

1hr 28mins

22 Sep 2020

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Episode 10 - Famous by Naomi Shihab Nye

Poetry Blokes

In this episode, Rich compliments West Berkshire Brewery, Matt loves bolts and dress shoes get the boot // Read the poem here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/47993/famous // Follow @poetryblokes on Twitter and Instagram to make sure you don’t miss out! // Subscribe to the show now to ensure each and every episode is delivered directly to you. // To advertise with us, visit www.poetryblokes.com/advertising // Hosted by: Matthew Adamo // Created by: Richard Gaughran & Matthew Adamo // Producer: Dominic Gore // Music: The Lazlo Project // Thanks for reading this far, we love you, you're great

32mins

7 Sep 2020

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S2:E21 A conversation between the poet Naomi Shihab Nye and Danusha Laméris

The Hive Poetry Collective

A conversation between the beloved poet Naomi Shihab Nye and Danusha Laméris at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, marking the occasion of the Lucille Clifton Legacy Award.

59mins

14 Aug 2020

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