Naomi Shihab Nye and High School Prize Winners


Naomi Shihab Nye calls herself a “wandering poet.” Her poems, in the words of William Stafford, “combine transcendent liveliness and sparkle along with warmth and human insight.” Growing up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Nye has spread her roots widely and deep, but a restless strain also runs through her words and those of her speakers, across continents and generations. Since 1980, she has put her hand to more than twenty books, including poetry, anthologies, novels, and children’s literature, winning wide praise and many honors. 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Nye was featured on NOW with Bill Moyers. She travels widely to teach poetry to students of all ages.

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