Twentieth Annual TCBF Launch, featuring Naomi Shihab Nye

Thursday, October 15th, 10:00 am

Naomi Shihab Nye’s poetry has been enchanting readers of all age for decades, and has been recently reappointed as the Young People’s Poet Laureate of the United States. She joins us this year to kick off the twentieth annual Twin Cities Book Festival and to remind us all that, in the words of her newest collection, “everything comes next.” Nye will be in conversation with poet Kaveh Akbar. This event will be ASL interpreted, thanks to support from the University of Minnesota Libraries; for more information about this and other ASL interpreted events, see HERE

Replay of this event is available throughout 2020!

Purchase books by Naomi Shihab Nye from Red Balloon Bookshop!


Naomi Shihab Nye is a poet and anthologist. She is the acclaimed author of Habibi: A NovelSitti’s Secrets, a picture book which was based on her own experiences visiting her beloved Sitti in Palestine; 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, which was a finalist for the National Book Award; and many others. Nye is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for her work, including the Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Book Critics Circle, the Lavan Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Carity Randall Prize, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry award, the Robert Creeley Prize, and many Pushcart Prizes. She has been the Young People’s Poet Laureate of the United States two years running, and her February 2020 release, Cast Away (Greenwillow Books)is “Nye at her engaging, insightful best” (Kirkus Reviews). Her new book is Everything Comes Next: Collected and New Poems (Greenwillow Books). She lives in San Antonio, Texas.

photo by BA Van Sise

Kaveh Akbar is an Iranian-American poet and the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and the Poetry Society of America’s Lucille Medwick Memorial Award. His book of poems, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, was a 2017 NPR Best Book of the Year. He teaches poetry in the Randolph College M.F.A. program and at Purdue University.