Interview with poet Naomi Shihab Nye

NAOMI SHIHAB NYEis the author/or editor of more than thirty volumes of poetry, essays, short stories, novels and anthologies. Shihab Nye has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Witter Bynner Fellow. She has received a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, four Pushcart Prizes, and numerous honors for her children's literature. In 2010, Shihab Nye was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets. In 2012 she was named laureate of the 2013 NSK Prize for Children's Literature. Shihab Nye was born to a Palestinian father and American mother, and grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem and San Antonio. In her work, she draws on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experience traveling the world. Nye uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity.

Point of View

The Personal Statement is a pivotal part of the college application essay. Here is where students convey their strengths, passions, and individual character absent from GPA, SAT, or ACT scores. The assigned very low word-count challenges students to address large questions in a short amount of time. I provide students with specific techniques to address prompts directly and concisely, ensuring there is power in every sentence, if not in every word. Point of View has a 100% success rate not only in student acceptance to the colleges of their choice, but also for Early Admission and Scholarships.

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

―Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems

Short Bio

Maggie Paul is the author of Borrowed World, a collection of poems published by Hummingbird Press, and the chapbook, Stones from the Basket of Others.. Her works has been published in Rattle, Poetry Miscellany, the Drexel University Journal, and Porter Gulch Review. She teaches developmental through advanced Writing and College Reading Strategies at Cabrillo College and De Anza College on California’s central coast.


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