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2019 A&E Conference Keynote Luncheon

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Hyatt Regency Austin on Lady Bird Lake
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704

6/29/2019 From 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM


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


Advance Registration for the Saturday Keynote Luncheon has closed. Tickets will be available for purchase on site for $55.

We're thrilled to be bringing award-winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye to the 2019 A&E Conference for a Keynote Luncheon talk. Nye is one of the most respected and beloved poets in America and a longtime resident of San Antonio.

Join us for the Saturday Keynote Luncheon to mingle with fellow conference participants, enjoy a 3-course meal, and hear Naomi Shihab Nye's words firsthand.

This is a ticketed event and seating is limited.

All luncheon attendees receive a complimentary copy of Nye's new book Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners, 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. 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. 

About Voices in the Air

Voices in the Air is a collection of almost one hundred original poems written by the award-winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye in honor of the artists, writers, poets, historical figures, ordinary people, and diverse luminaries from past and present who have inspired her. Full of words of encouragement, solace, and hope, this collection offers a message of peace and empathy. With short informational bios about the influential figures behind each poem, and a transcendent introduction by the poet, this is a collection to cherish, read again and again, and share with others.


Praise for Voices in the Air

“Inspired and guided by the voices that surround her...Nye’s free verse tells of the wisdom, solace and beauty she has found and urges readers to join her...Nye displays a palpable, unwavering empathy and hope for a better world.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Like happiness itself, Nye’s poems steal up on us and take us by surprise. This collection, especially, encourages listening: to nature, to other voices, and to the whispers of our own hearts. ...Brimming with affection, wit and optimism, these are poems we truly need right now. A+” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)


*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.


NOTE: All credit card transactions will incur a 4% handling fee. Tickets are not refundable.


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