Poet Naomi Shihab Nye, the author and editor of over 20 volumes, leads a round table session for adults that explores how poetry can help us navigate the different phases of our lives—from youth to old age—while examining such issues as absence and presence, loss and discovery. Nye will share her own work about the death of her father and her experience editing an anthology of poems by young poets.
In this workshop of reading, writing and discussing poems about our lives, Naomi Shihab Nye, author of the recent young-adult poetry collection Honeybee, explores how poetry functions as the honey of the hive.
Join Richard Lewis and members of the Touchstone Center Theatre Ensemble as they perform And So It Was Day, a retelling of an ancient Hawaiian chant about the emergence of life on earth and its bountiful first day. With poems and artwork, each child will create a book of days that celebrates the music and magic of daylight.
In celebration of his 70th birthday and the publication of his new book, Mozart’s Third Brain, the preeminent Swedish poet Göran Sonnevi makes a rare appearance with his English-language translator, poet Rika Lesser.
Francisco Aragón, poet and editor of The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, hosts a reading of leading Latino poets and a panel exploring multi- and interlingualism, the role of location and other topics.
• 6:30pm: Panel with Brenda Cardenas, David Dominguez, Gina Franco, Scott Inguito, Urayoan Noel & Rich Villar, moderated by Francisco Aragon
Poets John Peck and Brian Teare discuss the formal precision and bold subject matter of British poet Thom Gunn (1929–2004), who found his poetic voice during the five decades he lived in the Bay Area. Introduced by Joshua Weiner