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Naomi Shihab Nye

July 15 - August 15, 2016

Naomi Shihab Nye is an award-winning Palestinian-American author and poet. She received her BA from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and continues to live and work in the city. Her poems and short stories have appeared in journals and reviews throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle and Far East. She 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); 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.

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 has traveled to the Middle East and Asia for the United States Information Agency three times, promoting international goodwill through the arts. 

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