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Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye was born in St. Louis to an American mother and a Palestinian Father who was also a journalist and author. During her teen-age years, she lived in Ramallah in Jordan and in the Old City in Jerusalem and now calls San Antonio her home. She has won four Pushcart Prizes and was chosen a peace hero by She has won the Paterson Poetry Prize and the Jane Addams Children's book Award for her novel Habibi and picture book Sitti's Secrets. She has won a Lannan Literary Fellowhsip, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Writer Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress. She has written or edited nearly 30 books and published five collections of poems for both adults and young people. Calling herself a "nomad-by-nature," her books of poetry include 19 Varieties of Gazelle, which was a finalist for the 2002 National Book Award, Transfer, You & Yours, Fuel, The Words Under the Words, and Red Suitcase. 


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