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Naomi Shihab Nye

Award-winning poet and author

Naomi Shihab Nye is a best-selling author who has written or edited over 30 books. Born to a Palestinian father and an American mother, she grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Drawing on her heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experiences traveling in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East, she uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity.

Her works include poetry anthologies for adult and young readers, pictures books, novels for young readers, and books of essays. Naomi has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Witter Bynner Fellow (awarded by The Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress). Her many awards include the Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, four Pushcart Prizes, the Robert Creeley Prize, numerous awards for her literature for young readers, and the Golden Rose Award, given by the New England Poetry Club (the oldest poetry reading series in the country).

Her work has been presented on National Public Radio and she has been featured on two PBS poetry specials. She has been poetry editor at The Texas Observer for 20 years and was elected to the board of chancellors of the Academy of American Poets in 2010.

Upcoming Programs

Loving Poetry Together and Finding Our Own Lines

December 5 - 9, 2018

Wednesday - Sunday, 4 nights

A great poem can inspire a sudden experience of grace. The aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of the language evoke vast meaning, metaphor, and sensuality. The whole world—in all of its chaos, simplicity, and splendor—can be distilled into even one line of powerful text. Join award-winning poets Naomi Shihab Nye and Sharon Olds for a rare...

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Previous Programs

On Being Gathering

February 16 - 19, 2018

Friday - Monday, 3 nights

Special guests include Seth Godin, Maria Popova, David Whyte, Naomi Shihab Nye, Omid Safi, and Parker Palmer In the audio and digital spaces of On Being, a far-flung cross-section of humanity examines big questions of meaning — What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We’ve long aspired to...