Naomi Shihab Nye on Poetry as a Tool For Both Thought and Action
From the Quarantine Tapes Podcast with Paul Holdengraber
Hosted by Paul Holdengräber, The Quarantine Tapes chronicles shifting paradigms in the age of social distancing. Each day, Paul calls a guest for a brief discussion about how they are experiencing the global pandemic.
Today on episode 73 of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber and Naomi Shihab Nye discuss how poetry is an important tool for both thought and action. Naomi reflects on her upbringing in Ferguson, Missouri, where she experienced segregation, and in Southern Texas, where she experienced the local Mexican culture. Naomi and Paul also talk about a range of music from new Palestinian recording artists and old favorites.
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Naomi Shihab Nye is the Young People’s Poet Laureate (Poetry Foundation), the Poetry Editor for the New York Times Magazine, on faculty at Texas State University, and author or editor of more than 30 books. She was selected by the National Book Critics Circle to receive the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, 2020.