Poet Naomi Shihab Nye at Qatar University

Poet Naomi Shihab Nye
Poet Naomi Shihab Nye

On Sunday, February 16th, the US Embassy sponsored a poetry event at Qatar University with the award-winning Palestinian American poet, Naomi Shihab Nye.  During her day at QU, Ms. Nye visited a Reading Comprehension class in the Department of English Literature & Linguistics and conducted a poetry writing workshop in the women’s American Corner at QU’s library.  Nye, who describes herself as a “wondering poet”, has written and edited over 30 volumes, including 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, which was a finalist for the National Book Award.  Her work draws upon her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in San Antonia, Texas, and her experiences traveling around the world inspiring students to write.