Sunday, February 12, 2012
Naomi Shihab Nye
~Naomi Shihab Nye
Naomi Shihab Nye is an Arab-American writer who refers to herself as a "wandering poet". She began writing poetry at the age of 6 or 7, as soon as she learned how to write. Different cultures & cultural differences have been the most recurring themes of her work; she also often takes for her inspiration the images & situations of everyday life. Her many honors include four Pushcart Prizes, a Jane Addams Children's Book Award, a Paterson Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lannan Fellowship. After 9/11, she became a spokesperson for Arab-Americans, condemning both terrorism & prejudice.
Here's a list of some of our favorite Naomi Shihab Nye books:
19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East
A Maze Me: Poems for Girls
The Space Between Our Footsteps: Poems & Paintings from the Middle East and North Africa selected by Naomi Shihab Nye
There is No Long Distance Now: Very Short Stories
Never in a Hurry: Essays on People and Places
Naomi Shihab Nye reading "One Boy Told Me"
Naomi Shihab Nye poems on the Poetry Out Loud website