I want to be famous in the way a pulley is famous,
or a buttonhole, not because it did anything spectacular,
but because it never forgot what it could do.
– Naomi Shihab Nye, “Famous”
Have you forgotten what a poem can do? Or what you can do? This is the time to reclaim all of that.
Join award-winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye and Pulitzer-Prize winner Sharon Olds (Stag’s Leap) for a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the power of poetry. Sink into the power of words in this 4-day workshop where you will:
- Read, listen to, and discuss poems, exploring what they inspire and elucidate
- Learn directly from two of the finest poets living in America today
- Experience a modern-day literary salon, and workshop your own poetry with other attendees
- Find inspiration and solitude in the poetic beauty of the California redwoods while gaining confidence and comfort in writing
- Spend time, inside and outside, committing your pen to the page, generating new ideas, and expressing yourself.
This time is dedicated to you, to gather sustenance and fortification from great poets and their work. In Naomi’s words: “You are living in a poem.” Embrace what it is that fills you with vitality, and leave this retreat with a more poetic lens on the world.
Naomi Shihab Nye
Award-winning poet and author
Naomi Shihab Nye is a best-selling author who has written or edited over 30 books. Born to a Palestinian father and an American mother, she grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Drawing on her heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experiences traveling in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East, she uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity.
Her works include poetry anthologies for adult and young readers, pictures books, novels for young readers, and books of essays. Naomi has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Witter Bynner Fellow (awarded by The Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress). Her many awards include the Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, four Pushcart Prizes, the Robert Creeley Prize, numerous awards for her literature for young readers, and the Golden Rose Award, given by the New England Poetry Club (the oldest poetry reading series in the country).
Her work has been presented on National Public Radio and she has been featured on two PBS poetry specials. She has been poetry editor at The Texas Observer for 20 years and was elected to the board of chancellors of the Academy of American Poets in 2010.View Bio PageSharon Olds
Pultizer Prize-winning poet, NYU professor
Sharon Olds is one of contemporary poetry’s leading voices. She is known for writing intensely personal, emotionally scathing poetry which graphically depicts family life as well as global political events. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her book Stag’s Leap, and she has been praised for the courage, emotional power, and extraordinary physicality of her work.
Born in San Francisco, California, Sharon studied at Stanford University and Columbia University. Her numerous honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant; a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship; the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Dead and the Living; and the San Francisco Poetry Center Award for her first collection, Satan Says.
Sharon is the author of eleven volumes of poetry, including: Strike Sparks: Selected Poems, 1980-2002; Blood, Tin, Straw; The Gold Cell; The Wellspring; One Secret Thing; The Unswept Room; The Father; and Odes. Widely anthologized, her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Poetry, Atlantic, and New York Times.
The New York State Poet Laureate from 1998 to 2000, Sharon teaches graduate-level poetry at New York University. She also cofounded NYU’s Goldwater Writing Project, a creative writing workshop that was held at Roosevelt Island’s Coler-Goldwater Hospital.View Bio Page
Spend four relaxed days in the presence of two of the country’s greatest poets, immersing yourself in the carefully selected poetry they share.
Generate a sense of strength about your own writing and its power, and embrace a sense of surprise in and with your own writing.
Be inspired by lovely, light-filled rooms; delicious, nutritious meals; and the glorious 1440 campus—writing outside and in. <br /> <br />
In the words of Sharon Olds: “We never know what we will learn, but we will all learn something.”
Things to Know/Schedule
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What to Bring
Up to three poems by others to share with the group
Special Interest to
Beginners, longtime writers, everyone
Though there will be time for working on your own writing and workshopping it with other attendees, Naomi and Sharon will not be meeting one-on-one with participants to discuss work and provide feedback.
About 1440 Multiversity
Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.
You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.
At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.
Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.
Per-person per-night rates include:
- nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
- daily meditation and yoga classes
- non-ticketed evening events
- use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.
Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.