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By: Naomi Shihab Nye

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“In the current literary scene, one of the most heartening influences is the work of Naomi Shihab Nye. Her poems combine transcendent liveliness and sparkle along with warmth and human insight. She is a champion of the literature of encouragement and heart. Reading her work enhances life.”

— William Stafford


where is the name no one answered to

gone off to live by itself

beneath the pine trees separating the houses

without a friend or a bed

without a father to tell it stories

how hard was the path it walked on

all those years belonging to none

of our struggles drifting under

the calendar page elusive as

residue   when someone said

how have you been   it was

strangely that name that tried

to answer

Naomi Shihab Nye has spent 35 years traveling the world to lead writing workshops and inspire students of all ages. In her newest collection, Transfer, she draws on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her extensive travel experiences to create a poetry collection that attests to our shared humanity.

Among her awards, Naomi Shihab Nye has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Witter Bynner Fellow. She has received a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, and four Pushcart Prizes. In January 2010, she was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets.