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Naomi Shihab Nye

Poetry, Fiction

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20190614, 20180615

Arab-American writer Naomi Shihab Nye was born in St. Louis and is now a long-time resident of Texas with her husband, photographer Michael Nye. She discusses how her late father has impacted her writing. Aziz Shihab was a journalist who emigrated from Palestine to Missouri, where he met her mother and made the U.S. his home, though he always went back to visit family, including his mother who lived to be 106. In the second part of this interview, Nye reads from Transfer, her book that's dedicated to her father, and reflects on refugees and their stories, after she was the keynote speaker on the theme of immigration at the 2017 National Storytelling Network Conference in Kansas City. Part one of this interview along with programs with Naomi Shihab Nye from 2003 and 2006 are also available in our audio archives.

(Original photo by Micahd CC By-SA 3.0)

| Subject Matter: Immigration, Journalism, Family | Interview Year: 2017 | Genre: Poetry, Fiction | Awards: Lannan Literary Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Pushcart Prize |

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