Naomi Shihab Nye, the Young People's Poet Laureate of the USA through the Poetry Foundation (Chicago), was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and grew up in Ferguson, Mo., Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Recently she was the New York Times magazine poetry editor for more than a year. In 2020 she received the Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Book Critics Circle. She is the author or editor of more than thirty volumes, including Sitti's Secrets, Habibi, The Turtle of Oman and The Tiny Journalist, which advocates for justice for Palestinian people. The book received the top Poetry Prize in 2020 from both the Texas Institute of Letters and the Writers League of Texas.
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