Naomi Shihab Nye describes herself as a “wandering poet.” She has spent 40 years traveling the country and the world to lead writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. She was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Her books of poetry include 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, a National Book Award finalist in Young People’s Literature. Nye is Professor of Creative Writing—Poetry at Texas State University. She is the Poetry Foundation’s Young People’s Poet Laureate, 2019-2021, the editor of the New York Times Sunday magazine poem, and in 2020 she receives the lifetime achievement award from the National Book Critics Circle. Her latest collection of poetry for children, Cast Away: Poems for Our Time, is out this year. She lives in San Antonio.