Naomi Shihab Nye
was born in Missouri to a Palestinian father and an American mother. During her high school years, she lived in Ramallah in Palestine, the Old City in Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Texas, where she later received her B.A. in English and world religions from Trinity University.
She is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes. Her books of poetry include 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East,
which was a finalist for the National Book Award, A Maze Me: Poems for Girls, Fuel,
and You & Yours
,a best-selling poetry book of 2006. She is also the author of Never in a Hurry, Habibi
and Going Going (novels for young readers
), and Baby Radar
and Sitti’s Secrets (picture books).
Other works include eight prize-winning poetry anthologies for young readers, and her collection of poems for young adults entitled Honeybee
won the 2008 Arab American Book Award in the Children’s/ Young Adult category. Fall of 2011 saw the publication of two new books, There Is No Long Distance Now
(a collection of very short stories) and Transfer
Ms. Nye has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Witter Bynner Fellow. She has received a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, four Pushcart Prizes, and numerous honors for her children’s literature. In 2011 Nye won the New England Poetry Club Golden Rose Award. Her work has been presented on National Public Radio, she has been featured on two PBS poetry specials, and also appeared on NOW with Bill Moyers. In January 2010 Nye was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets. In October 2012 she was named laureate of the 2013 Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature.