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Event Wrap Up: January 22, 2016 Naomi Shihab Nye Reading


Meet the Author Reading and Dinner with Naomi Shihab Nye

Posted by Holly Thompson


Author/poet Naomi Shihab Nye was recently in Japan visiting International schools in Tokyo and Yokohama. On a Friday afternoon in January, SCBWI Japan members had a special chance to attend the community reading with Naomi Shihab Nye at Yokohama International School.

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Naomi read some of her own poems then called on members of the audience to read—YIS students who had participated in her workshops, teachers, and other members of the YIS community stepped up to the mic. Clearly her three days at the school had been an inspiration, and it was a joy to see the poetry enthusiasm she generated. See this YIS news post Reflections on a Visit with Naomi Shihab Nye.

SCBWI members who attended the reading then took Naomi out to dinner at an izakaya restaurant in Motomachi where we talked writing, biculturalism, travels, books, languages, life in Japan, spiders, nattō, translation, and much more. 

Thank you for visiting Japan, Naomi! And thank you to Yokohama International School for hosting and for inviting SCBWI Japan members to attend.