Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye
San Antonio, Texas

Recent works: A Maze Me, 2005; Going Going, 2005; Baby Radar, 2004; 19 Varieties of Gazelle, 2002; Mint Snowball, 2001; Fuel, 1998; Habibi, 1997; Never in a Hurry, 1996; Words Under the Words, 1995; Sitti’s Secrets, 1994; Red Suitcase, 1994; This Same Sky, 1992; The Space Between Our Footsteps: Poems and Paintings from the Middle East (editor), 1998

Favorite Writers: William Stafford, Robert Bly, W. S. Merwin, Shuntaro Tanikawa, Lucille Clifton, and Canadian poets and all Arab–American writers and millions more besides—women, children, and birds.

Quote: We have a deep challenge right now. We who believe in bridges have no time off. Too many bombs and twisted voices opposing the realities of culture and compassion render us on duty at all times, saying small and meaningful things. I think the field of Arab–American literature is blossoming beautifully.

Photo by Michael Nye
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