by Naomi Shihab Nye
BOA Editions, Limited; 2019
The title of Naomi Shihab Nye’s latest collection of poetry, The Tiny Journalist, is inspired by the “Youngest Journalist in Palestine,” Janna Jihad Ayyad, who began capturing videos of anti-occupation protests using her mother’s smartphone when she was seven years old. Nye’s father, Aziz, was a Palestinian refugee who became a noted American journalist; their family roots are in a West Bank village near Ayyad’s home. As an advocate for peace across all boundaries, Nye has become an internationally beloved poet, one of the finest and most empathic of her generation.
Naomi Shihab has been a Lannan, Guggenheim, and Witter Bynner fellow and has received many other honors; in 2010, she was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets.