Kean University To Host Award-Winning Poet

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UNION – Award-winning poet, writer, anthologist and educator, Naomi Shihab Nye, will examine multiculturalism in a lecture, “Variety is the Solution: A Look at How Literature Brings Us All Together in the World,” on Monday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. in Wilkins Theatre, located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union.

In this, the fifth installment of Kean University’s Issues ’09 lecture series, Nye will examine the rich multiculturalism that exists on our diverse planet. The event is free and open to the public.


A Palestinian-American, Nye has spent 35 years traveling the world, leading writing workshops and inspiring students through her work. She is an advocate for our shared humanity, an expert on multiculturalism and an author/editor of more than 25 volumes. Her works include “19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East,” “Words under the Words,” “Fuel” and “You & Yours.” She has authored seven prize-winning poetry anthologies for young readers. Her recent collection, “Honeybee,” won the 2008 Arab American Book Award in the Children’s/Young Adult category.

In addition to her written works, Nye is a regular columnist for Organica and poetry editor for The Texas Observer. Her work has been presented on National Public Radio on A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer’s Almanac. She has been featured on two PBS poetry specials, including The Language of Life with Bill Moyers and The United States of Poetry, and also appeared on NOW with Bill Moyers. She has served as a visiting writer for The Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Hawaii.

Among her many accolades, Nye has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow and a Library of Congress Witter Bynner Fellow. She has received a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, Paterson Poetry Prize, four Pushcart Prizes, and numerous honors for her children’s literature, including two Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards.

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