Acclaimed Poet, Essayist and Teacher to Deliver Student Research Conference Plenary Address

Naomi Shihab Nye will deliver the plenary address at 11 a.m., April 20, in Violette Hall 1000, at the 19th Annual Student Research Conference.

Nye describes herself as a "wandering poet." She has spent the last 30 years crossing the country—and the world—to lead writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem and San Antonio, Texas. Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experiences traveling in many parts of the world including Asia and the Middle East, Nye uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity.

Nye is the author and/or editor of more than 20 volumes. Her books of poetry include "19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East," "Red Suitcase," "Words Under Words," "Fuel" and "You & Yours" (2005). She is also the author of "Mint Snowball," "Never in a Hurry," "Habibi" and "Sitti's Secrets."

Other works include a picture book, "Baby Radar," and eight prize-winning poetry anthologies for young readers, including "Is This Forever, Or What?: Poems & Paintings from Texas" and "A Maze Me: Poems for Girls" (2005), as well as a novel for teens, "Going Going" (2005).

Nye has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Wittner Bynner Fellow (Library of Congress).  She has received, among other honors, a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, four Pushcart Prizes, and numerous awards and citations for her children’s literature, including two Jane Addams Children's Book Awards and the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award for 2005 for "You & Yours."  Her collection "19 Varieties of Gazelle" was a finalist for the National Book Award.  She is a regular columnist for "Organica" and poetry editor for "The Texas Observer."  Her work has been presented on National Public Radio on such shows as "A Prairie Home Companion" and "The Writer's Almanac."  She has been featured on two PBS poetry specials: "The Language of Life with Bill Moyers" and "The United States of Poetry" and also appeared on "NOW" with Bill Moyers. 
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