Naomi Shihab NyePoetry, Fiction
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20180119
In part one of this conversation, Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, whose numerous books of poetry, essays and stories have delighted children and adults alike, reads her poem "Famous" that was recently turned into picture book and discusses what inspired her exploration of the word and led to its creation. She also talks about her recent novel, The Turtle of Oman, that deals with a child's attachment to that exotic place, and reads from her poetry book, Honeybee, along with some new work.
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