Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye


“In the current literary scene, one of the most heartening influences is the work of Naomi Shihab Nye.  Her poems combine transcendent liveliness and sparkle along with warmth and human insight. She is a champion of the literature of encouragement and heart. Reading her work enhances life.”    — William Stafford

Tender, compassionate, Naomi Shihab Nye is at home in this world—a world that includes the Middle East and Texas, men and women, childhood, parenthood and old age, the pain of war and exile, and the utterance “There’s a place in my brain/ where hate won’t grow.” Her poetry is rich with the riddle of life.”  —Alicia Ostriker

“Naomi Shihab Nye breathes poetry like the rest of us breathe air. When she exhales, the world becomes different. Better.”—The Grand Rapids Press

About Naomi Shihab Nye

Acclaimed poet, novelist, anthologist, children’s book author, and roving ambassador for Peace and Justice, Naomi Shihab Nye lives in old downtown San Antonio, Texas. She has written or edited over thirty books including the poetry collections Red Suitcase, Words Under the Words, Fuel, You & Yours, Transfer, and A Maze Me: Poems for Girls. An expanded edition of Tender Spot: Selected Poems was released in 2015 by Bloodaxe Books. Her collection 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her collection Honeybee was awarded an Arab-American Book Award. Nye’s children’s book The Turtle of Oman was awarded a 2015 Middle East Book Award, was named a Notable Book by the American Library Association. Her poetry anthologies include Time You Let Me In, What Have You Lost?, and This Same Sky. Nye is the author of the novels Habibi and Going, Going, and the picture book Sitti’s Secrets.

Naomi Shihab Nye is the two-time winner of the Jane Addams Book Award for Peace & Justice, and four-time winner of the Pushcart Prize. She is also the recipient of several fellowships, including a Lannan Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress. She has traveled abroad as a visiting writer on three Arts America tours sponsored by the United States Information Agency. She is a past member of the Board of Chancellors for the Academy of American Poets.

Hear Naomi Shihab Nye read “One Boy Told Me” at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival:

Naomi Shihab Nye interviewed on Kindness:

Naomi Shihab Nye page—with links to videos, audio readings, articles, and interviews—on the Steven Barclay Agency website:

Naomi Shihab Nye with students at Ashland High School in February 2017