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The award-winning Palestinian-American poet visited Smith. Read more about her life and work…

Naomi Shihab Nye


The winners of the first Smith College Poetry Prize, judged by Naomi Shihab Nye, spent Tuesday afternoon at Smith meeting with Nye and poets at the college. President Carol T. Christ presened the prizes at Nye's evening reading, and each read her winning poem.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007
4:00 pm Informal Q & A
Poetry Center, Wright Hall
7:30 pm Poetry Reading
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

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book cover: 19 Varieties of Gazelle          book cover: The Tree Is Older Than You Are

A Palestinian-American, Nye calls herself a “wandering poet,” growing up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Since 1980, she has written more than 20 books including poetry, anthologies, novels, and children's literature. Her book 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East was a finalist for the National Book Award. Nye continues to reach ever younger and broader audiences with such collections as The Tree is Older Than You Are: A Bilingual Gathering of Poems and Stories from Mexico.

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Biography in Context
Includes entries from Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Women Poets, and Major Authors and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults.

Online Texts

Expanded Academic Index
Search by keyword for to find or link to over a dozen texts, reviews, and poems. Use SC Links to connect to full text.

Internet Resources

Internet Site Access
American Academy of Poets - biographical information, links to poems, and related sites
NOW with Bill Moyers (PBS) - interview transcript
Poetry Foundation - links to poems


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