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Speak Up: Creative Writing + Performance (Spring 2021)
Saturday, March 20, 2021 @ 3:00 pm
Join us online for Speak Up, a creative writing program supporting the artistic and professional growth of teens. In this virtual mini-series of creative writing workshops, teens will partner with experienced teaching artists to empower the creative writing process, from drafting to performance to publishing. The program is open to all teens, and is as free of charge as it is free of homework. No previous experience necessary!
Featured Guest Speaker: Naomi Shihab Nye
Free copies of Everything Comes Next: Collected and New Poems will be distributed to all participating students.
This event is part of Miami Book Fair’s 2021 Big Read program.
Beloved and acclaimed poet Naomi Shihab Nye is the current Young People’s Poet Laureate, serving until August 2021. This celebratory book collects in one volume her most popular and accessible poems from the past forty years.
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.
Everything Comes Next is a treasure chest of Naomi Shihab Nye’s most beloved poems. From favorites such as “Famous” and “A Valentine for Ernest Mann,” to the widely shared “Kindness” and “Gate A-4,” this collection celebrates her term as Young People’s Poet Laureate. The book is an introduction to the poet’s work for new readers as well as a comprehensive edition for classroom and family sharing. Writing prompts and tips by the award-winning poet make this an outstanding choice for aspiring poets of all ages.