Thursday, October 11, 2012

Author Naomi Shihab Nye Wins 2013 NSK Prize

Naomi Shihab Nye, author and/or editor of more than thirty-three volumes, has been named laureate of the 2013 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature. The NSK Prize is a $25,000 juried award sponsored by the University of Oklahoma and World Literature Today (WLT.)  Photo of Ms. Nye courtesy of the Poetry Foundation.

At the 2012
Neustadt Festival banquet, WLT executive director R.C. Davis-Undiano said, “with her powerful vision and high-quality poetry, fiction and young-adult literature, Ms. Nye may be one of the most complete and accomplished writers in the world.”

In her nominating statement, Ibtisam Barakat, the juror who championed Nye for the award wrote, “Naomi’s incandescent humanity and voice can change the world, or someone’s world, by taking a position not one word less beautiful than an exquisite poem.” She goes on to commend Nye's work.  “Naomi’s poetry masterfully blends music, images, colors, languages and insights into poems that ache like a shore pacing in ebb and flow, expecting the arrival of meaning."

Many of Ms. Nye's works can be found in the collections of TWU Libraries, including Habibi
and eighteen other works of children's literature in the Children's Collection on the ground level of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.

The 2012 Neustadt Festival was a celebration of Indian culture and the works of 2012 Neustadt Prize laureate Rohinton Mistry.  Photos from opening night and CultureQuest as well as from the
documentary film screening, panel discussions, and performances of scenes from Tamasha's adaptation of Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance
are available on the WLT blog.

~Stephany Compton

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