Naomi Shihab Nye
The 13th Annual Robert Creeley Award
Admission is free and open to the public.
Naomi Shihab Nye, an acclaimed Arab-American poet, novelist and peace activist, is the winner of the 2013 Robert Creeley Award. She is the internationally acclaimed author and editor of over 20 volumes of of poetry and fiction, including the award-winning young adult novel Habibi. Her most recent book of poetry for young adults, 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her newly released picture book for young people, Baby Radar, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter, reveals an original, stream-of-consciousness view of a bustling, urban street -- from a stroller. Ms. Nye's distinctions and awards include The Jane Addams Book Award, the International Reading Association’s Notable Book for a Global Society, four Pushcart Prizes, a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, and a Guggenheim fellowship. Nye's Palestinian heritage, international teaching and living, and multicultural experiences as a child, adolescent, and adult have informed much of her work. She has led workshops as a poet in the schools for three decades.