Mark Doty and Naomi Shihab Nye

25th August 2015 19:00
Keats House
10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR
Poet in the City and Amnesty International present an event exploring the power of poetry to tell the story of human experience.

Acclaimed US poets Mark Doty and Naomi Shihab Nye discuss how poetry is uniquely able to articulate our right to an identity. With live readings and discussion, we celebrate ground breaking poetry that asks questions about who we are and how we live.

Mark Doty has been recognized as one of the most accomplished poets in America, whose work has been hailed as some of the most original and arresting poetry written today. Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experiences travelling the world, Naomi Shihab Nye uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity.

Mark Doty's Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008.  His eight books of poems include School of the Arts, Source, and My Alexandria. He has also published four volumes of nonfiction prose:  Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, Heaven's Coast, Firebird and Dog Years, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2007. The Art of Description, a handbook for writers, appeared in 2011. As well as being widely recognised in the USA, he is the only American poet to have received the T.S. Eliot Prize in the U.K. Two new books are forthcoming, both from W.W. Norton: What Is the Grass, a prose meditation on Walt Whitman and the ecstatic, and Deep Lane, a new volume of poems.

Naomi Shihab Nye is an award-winning Palestinian-American Poet. Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes. Her books of poetry include 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East , A Maze Me: Poems for Girls, Red Suitcase, Words Under the Words, Fuel, and You & Yours (a best-selling poetry book of 2006).

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