1012 Two American Poets: Mary Oliver and Naomi Shihab Nye
Monday, 11:50-1:15, May 6
Instructor: Brenda Cheadle
Mary Jane Oliver (September 10, 1935 – January 17, 2019) was an American poet who won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2007 The New York Times described her as "far and away, this country's best-selling poet.” Oliver’s work is known for her clear and poignant observances of the natural world, and describes the sense of wonder it instilled in her.
Naomi Shihab Nye (born March 12, 1952) is a poet, songwriter, and novelist born to a Palestinian father and an American mother. Although she calls herself a "wandering poet", she refers to San Antonio as her home. Nye has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the 2014 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature. She explores the theme of similarities and differences between cultures. Her poems are frank and accessible, often making use of ordinary images in startling ways.
Brenda Cheadle is an OLLI member and a retired educator. A fellow of the Northern Virginia Writing Project, she has taught several literature classes and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for the written and spoken word.