Pongo's 25th Anniversary  Press Release


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 Poet Naomi Shihab Nye to Appear at Pongo’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

SEATTLE, WA—Pongo Poetry Project is hosting a 25th Anniversary Celebration, with acclaimed poet and novelist, Naomi Shihab Nye, as a guest of honor. The event will be streamed live on YouTube, Thursday, September 24th, from 7 pm-8 pm PST, and is free to the public.

The celebration will commemorate Pongo’s twenty-five years of community service and the retirement of its beloved founder, Richard Gold. The event will also feature a poetry reading from Nye, stories of impact, and will raise funds to support Pongo’s poetry programming.

Before the celebration, Pongo will offer a 30-minute virtual reception with Naomi Shihab Nye, where ticket purchasers will have the opportunity to hear directly from Naomi about her writing and ask questions about her work. All ticket proceeds will support Pongo Poetry Project programming.

“The work of Pongo is so inspiring, so elementally essential, so uplifting, so powerful,” Nye shared. “In a time when we crave honest human voices connecting to one another, we must support initiatives long devoted to encouraging and sharing of many voices.”

Naomi Shihab Nye describes herself as a “wandering poet.” She has spent 40 years traveling the country and the world leading writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. She is the author and editor of thirty volumes. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for her work, including the Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Book Critics Circle, the Lavan Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Carity Randall Prize, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, and many more. Naomi currently serves as the Young People's Poet Laureate, and in that role works to bring poetry to children and families in geographically underserved, or rural communities through readings underwritten by the Poetry Foundation.

To RSVP for the 25th Anniversary Celebration, click here

For more information about the event, please contact Nebeu Shimeles by email at developmentmanager@pongoteenwriting.org

The Pongo Poetry Project is a 25-year old non-profit that uses personal poetry as a means for facilitating healing among those coping with devastating traumas, such as abuse, neglect, and exposure to violence. Our mission is to help youth and adults to write heartfelt poetry as a healing and empowering response to trauma, in a process that particularly supports underserved communities.