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Author of the Month

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Author (and Poet) of the Month - May


Naomi Shihab Nye

 by Jessica and Ashley


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 Jordan, the Old City in Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Texas, where she later received her B.A. in English and world religions from Trinity University.


Nye is an extremely different kind of poet. She gets her ideas through her life stuggles and history. Nye is the author of numerous books of poems, including You and Yours (BOA Editions, 2005), which received the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, as well as 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East (2002), a collection of new and selected poems about the Middle East, Fuel (1998), Red Suitcase (1994), and Hugging the Jukebox (1982).


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.

She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas.


For more information: Search for Naomi Shihab Nye on TeachingBooks.net (Password: cogeboha13)




"Naomi Shihab Nye." Poets.org. 5 May 2009 <http://www.poets.org/nsnye/>.


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