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(Poets and Poetry in America)

Naomi Shihab Nye (ni) has published many books for children, both poetry and fiction ranging from picture books to young adult novels, including Sitti’s Secrets (1994) and Habibi (1997). She has published a collection of nonfiction essays, Never in a Hurry: Essays on People and Places (1996), and contributed essays to such anthologies as Going Where I’m Coming From: Memoirs of American Youth (1994), edited by Anne Mazer, and September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond (2002), edited by William Heyen. Nye edited several poetry anthologies, including I Feel a Little Jumpy Around You (1996; with Paul B. Janeczko) and The Tree Is Older than You Are: A Bilingual Gathering of Poems and Stories from Mexico with Paintings by Mexican Artists (1995).

In addition to her work as a poet, Nye is a songwriter and singer who has recorded two albums, Rootabag Roo (1979) and Lullaby Raft (1981). She translated poems in the English edition of Fadwa Tuqan’s A Mountainous Journey: An Autobiography (1990), edited by Salma Khadra Jayyusi, and also has translated into English the poems of Muhammad al-Maghut, The Fan of Swords (1991). Nye chose poetry printed in Between Heaven and Texas (2006), with text written by Sarah Bird and photographs by Wyman Meinzer.