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Zen Luminaries – Finding Refuge in Poetry: Monday with Co-hosts Jon Joseph & Allison Atwill and Special Guest Naomi Shihab Nye

June 27, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Free – $12


On Monday night, Naomi, one of the great American poets of our time and an old friend, will join us in conversation on her abiding faith in poetry as a shelter and source of solace in difficult and dark times.

She will read for us from several of her most recent collections, including Everything Comes Next; Collected and New Poems, and Dear Vaccine; Global Voices Speak to the Pandemic.

Please join us. —Jon Joseph

Our voices poured out through
a hole in the floor.
Some days the woman with a bucket
came swaggering up the block
singing our names, the song that goes
old old very old
and we rode in her wake, echoing
the thrum of her lowest note…

—The House Made of Rain, from Everything Comes Next

Naomi Shihab Nye is one of the few poets whose work can stand up to being read aloud during a Zen retreat. Her writing has a special and generous quality, a feel for our joys and troubles.

Great poetry has always been part of the Dharma path, and to be immersed in Naomi’s work is a spiritual event—refuge and sanctuary in the times we have.

On Monday night, Naomi will be with Jon Joseph and Naomi’s friend Allison Atwill. The idea is that Naomi will read her poetry and tell the stories behind the poems. Her poems and stories are magical.

See you then.  —John Tarrant

Naomi Shihab Nye is an American poet, editor, songwriter, and novelist, born to a Palestinian father and an American mother. Nye has been affiliated with the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas and poetry editor for the Texas Observer for over 20 years. She is a professor of creative writing at Texas State University. Her works include poetry, novels, young adult fiction, and illustrated books. She has published or contributed to over 30 volumes of poetry.

I have always loved the gaps, the spaces between things, as much as the things. I love staring, pondering, mulling, puttering. I love the times when someone or something is late—there’s that rich possibility of noticing more, in the meantime… Poetry calls us to pause. There is so much we overlook, while the abundance around us continues to shimmer, on its own. —Naomi Shihab Nye

Jon Joseph Roshi

COME JOIN US on June 27th for a lively conversation about poetry and more with special guest “wandering poet” Naomi Shihab Nye. All are welcome. Register to participate.

—Jon Joseph & Guest Co-host Allison Atwill

Allison Atwill Roshi


June 27, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free – $12
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