2019 Agents & Editors Conference

Saturday Keynote Luncheon


Featuring Award-Winning Poet

Naomi Shihab Nye



"Wind in a Bucket: The Pleasures of Writers' Lives"


Saturday, June 29, 2019 

12:15 to 1:45 pm 

Hyatt Regency Austin, Texas Ballroom

This is a ticketed event and space is limited.
To purchase your ticket, click here.

“‘You are living in a poem.’ This is how the poet Naomi Shihab Nye sees the world, and she teaches how this way of being and writing is possible. She has engaged the real-world power of words since her upbringing between her father’s Palestinian homeland and Ferguson, Missouri, near where her American mother grew up. Her father was a refugee journalist, and she carries forward his hopeful passion, his insistence that language must be a way out of cycles of animosity. A poem she wrote, called ‘Kindness,’ is carried around in the pockets and memories of readers around the world.”

―Krista Tippett, host of On Being

We're thrilled to be bringing award-winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye to the 2019 A&E Conference for a Keynote Luncheon talk.  All luncheon attendees receive a complimentary copy of Naomi's recent collection, with a signing to follow the luncheon.

Naomi Shihab Nye is the author of numerous books of poems, including Transfer; You and Yours, which received the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award; 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, a collection of new and selected poems about the Middle East; Fuel; Red Suitcase; and Hugging the Jukebox. She is also the author of several books of poetry and fiction for children, including Habibi, for which she received the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. Nye was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to a Palestinian father and an American mother. During her high school years, she lived in Ramallah in Palestine, the Old City in Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Texas. 
Nye gives voice to her experience as an Arab-American through poems about heritage and peace that overflow with a humanitarian spirit. About her work, the poet William Stafford has said, "her poems combine transcendent liveliness and sparkle along with warmth and human insight. She is a champion of the literature of encouragement and heart. Reading her work enhances life." Nye's honors include awards from the International Poetry Forum and the Texas Institute of Letters, the Carity Randall Prize, and four Pushcart Prizes. She has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Witter Bynner Fellow. In 1988, she received the Academy of American Poets' Lavan Award, judged by W. S. Merwin. She served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2010 to 2015.  


Note: To purchase a ticket to the Keynote Luncheon, you must already be a ticket holder for the 2019 Writers' League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference. Click HERE for conference registration information.