Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952) was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to a Palestinian father and an American mother. She began writing poetry when she was six, and by age seven, she was a published poet. When she was fourteen, Nye’s family moved to Jerusalem to live near her father’s relatives, but they returned to the United States when the Six-Day War erupted. The family settled in San Antonio, Texas, where Nye attended Trinity University and graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and World Religions. Nye has published over twenty volumes of poetry, as well as two young adult novels and several children’s books. She has won four Pushcart Prizes and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Nye continues to write and believes in the power of words to build bridges among cultures.

EMC is proud to feature the works of Naomi Shihab Nye within Mirrors & Windows. You can view samples of the selections below.


Nye's narrative poem, "Steps", is featured in Unit 5 of Mirrors & Windows Level 1/Grade 6. Here is a sample from the Teacher Edition:


Nye's narrative poem, "The Lost Parrot", is featured in Unit 6 of Mirrors & Windows Level 2/Grade 7. Here is a sample from the Student Edition:


Nye's personal essay, "This Is Not Who We Are", is featured in Unit 2 of Mirrors & Windows Level 4/Grade 9. Here is a sample from the Student Edition:


Nye's lyric poem, "Making a Fist", is featured in Unit 3 of Mirrors & Windows Level 5/Grade 10. Here is a sample from the Student Edition: