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Young people can change the world. Instagram poet and inspirational speaker and author Najwa Zebian has been referred to as Canada’s next Rupi Kaur. Her poems transcend the screen and page, speaking to young women all over the world with their themes of love, friendship, honesty, and identity. Accompanied by artistic visual representation, Najwa will read from her new book, The Nectar of Pain, speak about the thematic flow of her poems, and discuss how redefining the poetry scene makes it relevant to a fresh generation of new, discerning readers.

About the author

Najwa Zebian is a Lebanese-Canadian author, speaker, and educator. After arriving in Canada at sixteen, she studied to became a teacher as well as a doctoral candidate in educational leadership. Her first students, a group of young refugees, led her back to her original passion: writing. Since self-publishing her first collection of poetry and prose in 2016, Najwa has become an inspiration to millions of people worldwide. Drawing on her own experiences of displacement, discrimination, and abuse, Najwa uses her words to encourage others to build a home within themselves; to live, love, and create fearlessly.

About The Nectar of Pain

In The Nectar of Pain, Zebian sheds light on the feelings and experiences that emerge from a painful heartbreak. She writes that the process of cleansing oneself of that pain—day by day, hour by hour, and second by second—is the real work of healing. With uncommon warmth and wisdom, Zebian empowers all who have lost to let go of anger and transform their suffering into the softness, sweetness, and beauty of nectar.

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