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Naomi Shihab Nye

Biography

Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye was born on March 12, 1952, in St. Louis, Missouri, to a Palestinian father and an American mother. During her high school years, she lived in Ramallah in Palestine, the Old City in Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Texas, where she later received her BA in English and world religions from Trinity University.

Nye is the author of numerous books of poems, including TRANSFER (BOA Editions, 2011); YOU AND YOURS (BOA Editions, 2005), which received the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award; 19 VARIETIES OF GAZELLE: Poems of the Middle East (Greenwillow Books, 2002), a collection of new and selected poems about the Middle East; FUEL (BOA Editions, 1998); RED SUITCASE (BOA Editions, 1994); and HUGGING THE JUKEBOX (Far Corner Books, 1982).

She is also the author of several books of poetry and fiction for children, including HABIBI (Simon Pulse, 1997), for which she received the Jane Addams Children’s Book award in 1998.

Her poems and short stories have appeared in various journals and reviews throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle and Far East. She has traveled to the Middle East and Asia for the United States Information Agency three times, promoting international goodwill through the arts.

Nye’s honors include awards from the International Poetry Forum and the Texas Institute of Letters, the Carity Randall Prize, and four Pushcart Prizes. She has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Witter Bynner Fellow. In 1988, she received The Academy of American Poets’ Lavan Award, selected by W. S. Merwin.

She was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2009. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Naomi Shihab Nye

Books by Naomi Shihab Nye

Written by Naomi Shihab Nye with illustrations by Terre Maher - Fiction, Poetry, Poetry Collection, Young Adult 12+

First love, friendship, school, family, community, having a crush, loving your mother and hating your mother, sense of self, body image, hopes and dreams...these 72 poems by Naomi Shihab Nye --- written expressly for this collection --- will speak to girls of all ages. An honest, insightful, inspirational, and amazing collection.