I PLEDGE is a House of Trees collaboration with Palestinian-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, creating a series of flags on the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March 2017. Continuing to take artful, political actions, I PLEDGE inspires sustained action and hope through poetry and public art.
Naomi Shihab Nye is the author of numerous books of poems, including Transfer; You and Yours, which received the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award; 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East; and Fuel. Nye’s honors include awards from the International Poetry Forum and Texas Institute of Letters, and four Pushcart Prizes. She has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Witter Bynner Fellow, and received The Academy of American Poets Lavan Award, selected by W.S. Mervin. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.
House of Trees is an arts collective working to expand the public appreciation and understanding of contemporary art through the production of murals, performances, installations, and other high-visibility publicly engaged artworks. House of Trees’ projects are interventions in unpredictable sites, curated for both specific audiences and the larger public. House of Trees has mounted projects nationally and internationally with venues including the Kimmel Center in New York City; the Hotel Tropicana in San Antonio, Texas; and The Watermill Center in Water Mill, New York, among others.