Naomi Shihab Nye

Cindy Seip

Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes.  Her books of poetry for adults and children include 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East (a finalist for the National Book Award) , A Maze Me: Poems for GirlsRed SuitcaseWords Under the Words, and You & Yours (a best-selling poetry book of 2006).  Her fiction books for young people include Habibi, Going Going, There Is No Long Distance Now, and The Turtle of Oman, which was chosen a Horn Book Best Book of 2014, a 2015 Notable Children’s Book by the American Library Association, and was awarded the 2015 Middle East Book Award for Youth Literature. Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners (Greenwillow Books) is a collection of almost one hundred original poems written by poet Naomi Shihab Nye in honor of the artists, writers, poets, historical figures, ordinary people, and diverse luminaries from past and present who have inspired her. In The Tiny Journalist (Boa Editions), internationally beloved poet Naomi Shihab Nye places her Palestinian American identity center stage in her latest full-length poetry collection for adults. The collection is inspired by the story of Janna Jihad Ayyad, the “Youngest Journalist in Palestine,” who at age 7 began capturing videos of anti-occupation protests using her mother’s smartphone.