Nadia Colburn - Poetry, the Natural World, the Climate Crisis, and Connection: An Interactive Discussion - Hila Ratzabi

Sunday, February 4, 2024 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Nadia Colburn

Join Nadia Colburn for an interactive reading and discussion: Poetry, the Natural World, the Climate Crisis, and Connection.  Nadia Colburn will discuss I Say the Sky. She will be joined in conversation by Hila Ratzabi. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

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About the Book: In poems at once profound and accessible, Nadia Colburn finds splendor and astonishment in a natural world—and a human world—that is deeply troubled yet still majestically beautiful. Both elegy and celebration, I Say the Sky addresses some of the most challenging aspects of human existence, from childhood trauma to environmental devastation, and discovers, in unexpected and clear-sighted ways, wisdom, wonder, and peace.

Colburn's brilliant second book charts a journey to meet the self. From girlhood to parenthood, loss to discovery, in poems that sing, the book explores how meaning is made. Claiming the female voice from silence, the poems find their grounding in the body and achieve rootedness and hope.

I Say the Sky is a meditative and ultimately inspiring book that will be savored by seasoned readers as well as those new to poetry.

About the Author: Nadia Colburn is the author of poetry books I Say the Sky and The High Shelf, and her poetry and prose have appeared in more than eighty publications, including the New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Spirituality & Health, Lion's Roar, and the Yale Review. She holds a PhD in English from Columbia University and is the founder of Align Your Story Writing School, which brings traditional literary and creative writing studies together with mindfulness, embodied practices, and social and environmental engagement. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children. Find her at, where she offers meditations and free resources for writers.

About the Interlocutor: Hila Ratzabi is the author of There Are Still Woods (June Road Press, 2022), which won a gold Nautilus Book Award and was a finalist for a National Indie Excellence Award. Her poems have been published widely in literary journals and have been anthologized in The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry and Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and lives in Oak Park, Illinois. Learn more at

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637