Naomi Shihab Nye

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Naomi Shihab Nye, a self-described “wandering poet,” is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes and is also an essayist and children’s author. She was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem and San Antonio. Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experiences traveling in many parts of the world including Asia and the Middle East, Nye uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity.

Her books include 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, and Fuel (poems); Never in a Hurry (a collection of essays); Habibi (a novel for young readers); and Lullaby Raft (a picture book). Forthcoming are a picture book, Baby Radar; a novel for teens, Florrie Will Do It; and an anthology of Texas poetry and paintings. Shihab Nye has been featured in two PBS poetry specials: “The Language of Life with Bill Moyers” and “The United States of Poetry.”

She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas.



Naomi Shihab Nye elsewhere on Lannan.org

Naomi Shihab Nye, 2003, (Residency)
Naomi Shihab Nye, 2002, (Literary: Awards, Fellowships, and Grants)
W. S. Merwin with Naomi Shihab Nye, 2000, (Events)
Nathalie Handal with Naomi Shihab Nye, 2012, (Events)

Naomi Shihab Nye Lannan Podcast Episodes

Carrie Fountain with Naomi Shihab Nye, 16 March 2014 - Audio
Carrie Fountain with Naomi Shihab Nye, 16 March 2014 – Video
Nathalie Handal with Naomi Shihab Nye, Reading, 24 October 2012 – Video
Nathalie Handal with Naomi Shihab Nye, Conversation, 24 October 2012 – Video
Nathalie Handal with Naomi Shihab Nye, 24 October 2012 – Audio
W. S. Merwin in conversation with Naomi Shihab Nye, 18 Oct. 2000 - Video
W. S. Merwin in conversation with Naomi Shihab Nye, 18 Oct. 2000 - Audio

Naomi Shihab Nye around the Web

"Poetry Everywhere" video with Ms. Nye on pbs.org
Photos of 24 October 2012 Event Available on Flickr


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