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Poetry in the Woods: Naomi Shihab Nye & James Crews

October 6, 2023 @ 7:00 pm


This reading will be held in-person at Ethical Society of St. Louis.

In conjunction with Poetry in the Woods, acclaimed poets and St. Louis natives Naomi Shihab Nye and James Crews present a poetry reading and conversation on nature, wildness, and mindfulness through the lens of poetry—award-winning local poet Travis Mossotti will moderate the event. Presented in partnership with the Poetry in the Woods Workshop, Saint Louis Poetry Center, St. Louis County Library, the Wildlife Rescue Center, The Novel Neighbor and the Saint Louis Zoo.


Doors open at 6:00pm.
Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis.
Books available for purchase from The Novel Neighbor.

Registration through Poetry in the Woods events page is strongly encouraged:


Naomi Shihab Nye

Everything Comes Next is a treasure chest of Naomi Shihab Nye’s most beloved poems, and features favorites such as “Famous” and “A Valentine for Ernest Mann,” as well as widely shared pieces such as “Kindness” and “Gate A-4.” Featuring new, never-before-published poems; an introduction by bestselling poet and author Edward Hirsch, as well as a foreword and writing tips by the poet; and stunning artwork by bestselling artist Rafael López, Everything Comes Next is essential for poetry readers, classroom teachers, and library collections.

James Crews

James Crews, editor of the bestselling poetry anthologies How to Love the World and The Path to Kindness, presents a collection of highly accessible, uplifting poetry celebrating the small wonders and peaceful moments of everyday life. The Wonder of Small Things features a foreword by Nikita Gill and a carefully curated selection of poems from a diverse range of authors, including Native American poets Joy Harjo, Linda Hogan, Kimberly Blaeser, and Joseph Bruchac, and BIPOC writers Ross Gay, Julia Alvarez, and Toi Derricotte. Readers are guided in exploring the meaning and essence of the poems through a series of reflective pauses scattered through the pages and reading group questions in the back. This anthology offers the perfect intersection for the growing number of readers interested in mindful living and bringing poetry into their everyday lives. 


NAOMI SHIHAB NYE is Chancellor Emeritus for the Academy of American Poets. She is the 2019 Lon Tinkle Lifetime Achievement Award Winner from the Texas Institute of Letters, and she has received a Lannan Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, and four Pushcart Prizes.  She is the 2019 – 2021 Young People’s Poet Laureate. Her collection 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her collection Honeybee was awarded the Arab-American Book Award.  Naomi Shihab Nye has edited eight honored and popular poetry anthologies, including Time You Let Me InWhat Have You Lost?Salting the Ocean, and This Same Sky, and she is the author of the novels Habibi and GoingGoing, and The Turtle of Oman.  She lives with her family in San Antonio, Texas and is on faculty at Texas State University.

JAMES CREWS is the author of the essay collection, Kindness Will Save the World, and editor of several bestselling poetry anthologies: Healing the Divide, The Path to Kindness, and How to Love the World. He has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, and in People MagazineThe Boston Globe, and The Washington Post. He is also the author of four prize-winning books of poetry, and his poems have appeared in the New York Times MagazineThe New Republic, and other journals. James lives with his husband on forty rocky acres in the woods of Southern Vermont.



9001 Clayton Rd
St Louis, Missouri 63117 United States
(314) 991-0955
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