Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Weekly Report 8 - Arab American Writers

Naomi Shihab Nye is a poet and writer of Arab ancestry, who was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother. Born in Missouri in 1952, Nye spent her childhood in both San Antonio, Texas and Jerusalem. Being immersed in both cultures and diverse, her experiences of exploring two different cultures has influenced and inspired her writing and works. She describes herself as a "wondering poet" because of constantly traveling the global to not only learn more and find inspiration for her writing, but to also spread her writing and understanding of the world. Her poetry is known for its simplicity of events that occur, such that much of it describes the daily life of locals. She speaks through her poems about her Arab heritage and her identity as an Arab-American in a humanitarian sense. She graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio with her Bachelors and went on afterwards to publish many books of her poems.
Not only a writer, Nye became an activist and a voice for those Arab-Americans who were condemned against after the 9/11 attacks. She fought against the prejudices and discrimination against Arabs-Americans from the ignorant parties that chastised them simply for having Arab heritage. She wrote poems about the lack of understanding and communication between the Western world and the Middle East and her experiences as an Arab-American. She speaks out against those who have caused injustice towards Arab-Americans for their heritage and have tried to remind them even Americans have roots that trace back to other nations and that we are all citizens of the world.
Nye has also written children's books, which she believes that her works and influence will be held up against the negative headlines of the news that develop a negative image of the world.


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