Spring 2010

Naomi Shihab Nye


Naomi Shihab Nye is a poet and anthologist and the acclaimed author of Habibi: A Novel and Sitti’s Secrets, a picture book, which was based on her own experiences visiting her beloved Sitti in Palestine. Her book 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has taught writing and worked in schools all over the world, including in Muscat, Oman. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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“Being part of the Corpus Christi Literary Reading Series was one of the sweetest events of my life. Such friendly listeners! Such genuine warmth and care! Such excellent organization! Though my husband (Michael Nye) grew up in Corpus Christi (son of Judge Paul and Nina Nye) and his brothers live there, I felt surprised and charmed to be part of the community in a whole new way. I salute the terrific founders for coming up with such a great idea. It’s impressive to keep anything going for 30 years. I have no doubt the other visiting writers experienced the loving readers of Corpus Christi with just as much pleasure. You have a treasure in your fine series – celebrate it!”
—Naomi Shihab Nye

For a full list of authors who have been our guests, see Past Readings.


Past Readings